Understanding Social Anxiety and Social Phobia
Social phobia affects a huge number of people to some extent. It is extremely likely that some of the following list will be familiar to you:
- Don’t like being put ‘on the spot’
- Find it very difficult to talk publicly or to give presentations
- Find large groups of people intimidating
- Find it difficult to make friends
- Lack confidence in social settings, being shy
- Find parties and small talk difficult
- Suffer with pre-exam or pre-test nerves
- Try and stick to the rules
- Sense of being watched
- Find talking on the phone difficult
- Frequently blushing, stuttering or stammering
- Find maintaining eye contact with people difficult
- Hiding, or keep yourself below people’s level of perception
- Fear of being judged, criticized, mocked or rejected
- Shy bladder (not wanting/able to urinate in public urinals)
- Sexual performance issues (e.g. impotence, premature ejaculation)
- Feel as though people may find out that you’re a fraud
For many of us, social anxiety and social phobia creates a significant problem in our lives, often without them knowing the root cause. The issues created via social anxiety and social phobia can seep out into every aspect of your life.
There are very few statistics about the extent to which people suffer with social anxiety and social phobia, and those that are published come with health warnings about the likely inaccuracies.
Millions of people around the world suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) and related conditions. Despite being the most common type of anxiety disorder and the cause of much impairment and suffering, it is under-recognised and under-treated.
However, perhaps because by its very nature sufferers of Social Anxiety are reluctant to talk about their problems or seek help, the condition is still not widely known amongst the general public, and was only recognized as a disorder in its own right as recently as 1980.
Issues with Social Anxiety or Social Phobia
Perhaps your issues are more long term or pervasive and you have found that social anxiety or social phobia is having a limiting effect upon your life? Or perhaps you would like to remove and resolve all future issues with social anxiety? In these circumstances it is likely that you would benefit most from a course of hypnotherapy.
This type of therapy would provide you with all the benefits of hypnosis with suggestion therapy, whilst also helping you to fully resolve your issues with social anxiety and social phobia, leaving you free to enjoy a more fulfilled and relaxed approach social interactions in the future.
At Hypnotherapy North West, we have found that social anxiety and social phobia can be very effectively treated and issues can usually be resolved within 8 sessions.