Social anxiety is a specific type of anxiety that makes it difficult for people to engage with others in social situations. To others, it may seem silly and easy to overcome. However, it’s hard to get through even a small conversation for a person with this condition. Mental health treatment can offer support. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we offer a wide range of supportive therapies to help you through this complication. Call us today at 855.730.8825 to learn about our services.
What Is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is a mental health disorder. Many people with this condition suffer from feelings of intense anxiety and overwhelming fear in social situations. This condition may include symptoms such as:
- Fast heartbeat
- Upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting
- Feeling dizzy suddenly
- Struggling to remember what to say
- Trouble catching your breath
Feeling nervous for a speech or when meeting someone for the first time is common for most people. Those with social anxiety feel significant anxiety that’s often debilitating. This disorder can cause self-consciousness and even embarrassment. It often leads to avoidance of situations, including changes to daily routines, relationships, and behaviors.
This disorder is a chronic mental health condition. It is not likely to go away. However, social anxiety treatment may help create new coping skills and confidence, eliminating the impact the disease has on daily life.
How Social Anxiety Impacts Social Situations
Everyday experiences often lead to social difficulties. People with social anxiety are unable to interact with people they do not know well. Things like going to social gatherings, going to school or work, making eye contact, and dating others can be challenging. Sometimes just entering a room when others are seated or eating in front of others can feel impossible.
The longer this type of anxiety goes on, the more likely a person will limit their activities, often withdrawing from social contact. As this happens, it leads to limitations on the quality of life. Over time, this can impact a person’s overall mental health and become debilitating, so much so that they begin to isolate.
Avoiding social situations helps people feel better at that moment. Yet, many with this condition also long to be around others and enjoy relationships more fully. Their condition limits their ability to do this.
How Can Anxiety Treatment Help with Social Anxiety?
Treatment for social anxiety often includes psychotherapy. This treatment may include therapies such as:
- Individual therapy programs
- Family therapy programs
- Group therapy programs
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Holistic therapy programs
- Trauma therapy programs
The type of therapy we offer is based on the specific needs of the individual. Most people benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy that allows a person to learn how to recognize and change negative thoughts to create better outcomes. This often means learning to recognize inaccurate thought processes that lead to self-isolating behavior.
There are some situations where previous trauma could be the underlying cause. Trauma from social situations can create a lasting mark leading to feelings of anxiety. Experience may lead a person to fear exposure in the same situation again.
Treatment can offer a range of support. Our team at Sunflower Wellness Retreat can help by providing one-on-one therapy to help understand the underlying cause if possible. Medications may also help to improve symptoms of anxiety. Developing coping skills for challenging and stressful situations may help a person to gain confidence. Experiential treatment may also be helpful. Even if getting help for mental health needs like this sounds scary, therapy can help make future social experiences far better. That can improve the quality of life for many people.
Improve Your Health at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
Social anxiety is a debilitating condition. It can improve. Our team at Sunflower Wellness Retreat offers comprehensive mental health treatment to support. To learn more about the programs we offer, call us at 855.730.8825 or connect with us online.