What is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is one of the most prolific conditions affecting emotional wellbeing. All human beings are different and the scale of social confidence ranges from self-love to self-loathing. Almost everyone has some form of anxiety in a social sense, but social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is a far more colossal concern. A registered DSM-5 condition, it is characterized by continual shame and embarrassment.
How we can help you
We have tremendous success treating people with social phobia and social anxiety disorder. Our Self-Worth specialists are currently taking new clients. Each one has a diagnosis of Social Phobia and is now able to give presentation and run Self-Esteem Workshops. No individual perceives themselves as others perceive them and we treat Social Anxiety Disorder as an obsession with self evaluation, helping individuals lead happy, advancing lives in a fulfilled way using a well established program for social support and well-being.
I have judged myself every second of every day and never met a person, animal or insect I thought was less worthy than myself. I felt I took up too much space, breathed air that other people had more right to … some would say this was depression. I remember being at a rock concert, dragged there by a partner who thought I would love it because I loved the band. I knew he was afraid of snakes. “Imagine every one of these people is a snake, are you scared?” I asked him. He said “Yes, its terrifying. Why would you say that to me?” I told him that fear wasn’t even a tenth of what I felt there in that crowd. “Don’t be silly, you’ll love it”, he said. I stayed because of course his feelings were more important than mine. Every thought, every feeling, stuffed down because who am I to speak?
Is shyness the same as social phobia?
~ No. A lot of people are shy, or go through stages of shyness throughout the course of a normal life, but intense, lasting embarrassment and shame constitute a diagnosis of social anxiety or social phobia.
Can a person self-diagnose social anxiety?
~ The answer is likely yes, because, of course, the individual knows their own experience and degree of shame. If zero is I absolutely hate myself and ten is I absolutely love myself, where would you pitch your self-worth on that scale of zero to ten? If your rating comes in at four or below, you would certainly benefit from help from one of our experts.
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