Being nervous and jittery in a new social situation is normal. For most people, this initial anxiety dissipates over time. For other people, such high anxiety is persistent. The video gives insight into the latter condition, which is known as social anxiety disorder. The main symptom of social anxiety disorder is the fear of being scrutinized and negatively judged by others.
Many people who suffer from this order feel fear so intensely that it affects their ability to perform. The cause of the disorder is unknown, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Having a close relative with social anxiety disorder and suffering neglect and abuse can lead to it.
Social anxiety therapy usually involves psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the best psychotherapeutic treatment because it teaches new ways of thinking and behaving that can help people deal with social situations. The best medications for social anxiety disorder include a select range of antidepressants and beta-blockers. Medication can be helpful in the short term, but CBT is the best long-term treatment for this condition as it minimizes the risk of dependence and other side effects. Now you know the symptoms and causes of social anxiety disorder and the treatment options for it.