Fears and anxieties in social situations have been noted throughout history. Social anxiety is, in fact, the most common type of anxiety issue. Feelings of anxiety may crop up at times when we feel we are under the scrutiny of others while performing a particular task, for example, public speaking. These fears may also be felt in other, more commonly experienced situations such as having lunch in a crowded restaurant or attending a party where we don’t know many people or where we are expecting to be introduced to new people.
Social anxiety can occur when we feel we may not impress people to the extent we want to. At times when we doubt we can create a desired impression on others.
People with social anxiety may experience emotional distress in other situations such as being teased or criticised, being the centre of attention, being watched while doing something, meeting important people, going around the room and having to say something, and many others.
People who feel this way know rationally that this anxiety does not make sense as they face these fears on a daily basis sometimes. However, just because we know it is irrational does not mean it gets any better.
Appropriate treatment is one of the few ways known to make any inroads into dealing effectively with this problem. One of the most effective treatments for this kind of anxiety is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Fortunately, our team at MindWise Parramatta has lots of experience using CBT.
If you feel you would like to reduce your social anxiety, contact us today at MindWise Parramatta.