Social anxiety disorder that is sometimes called as social phobia, is a type of anxiety disorder in which a sufferer experiences fear in social activities including meeting a group of people, attending rituals, attending conferences etc. Actually, they fear being judged or scrutinized by others. Some people may consider social anxiety as shyness, but according to Dr. Satyakant Trivedi, a well-known and Award winning psychiatrist in Bhopal, both social phobia and shyness are two different things. Shyness is usually short-term and you cannot treat it as a mental illness.
A person with social anxiety disorder often feels himself unable to –
- attend school
- attend social gatherings
- using public restrooms
- eating in public
- attend seminars
- attend conferences
- come in front of audiences in school, college or an office
- develop close relationships with people outside of their family
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
- rapid heart rate
- excessive sweating
- difficulty speaking
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- stutter in speaking something
- low self confidence
According Bhopal based psychiatrist, Dr. Trivedi it is normal to sometimes feel anxious in many situations but social phobia is not permanent means you can cope with it. There are many psychiatrist who can help you overcome this mental problem. You need to consult a psychiatrist near you and I am sure, your problem will be treated in quick time.
What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder?
Dr. Satyakant Trivedi explains that reasons of SAD are not known, but some researched and studies says, a person with SAD may have got negative experiences from a particular situation and in many cases it is a result of genetic reasons.
Diagnosing Social Anxiety Disorder
There is no medical test to check for social anxiety disorder. Psychiatrists generally according to the activities and habits of a patient diagnose it. They can also diagnose social phobia after examining certain behavioral patterns.
Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder
According to a psychiatrist in Bhopal, you may undergo these following treatment options if you have Social anxiety Disorder (SAD). Sometimes, primary care providers may suggest medication to treat symptoms.
Treatment options for social anxiety disorder include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Group therapy
- Avoiding caffeine
- Getting plenty of sleep