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Treating Social Anxiety Disorders in Singapore!

While some say it’s normal to feel anxious in certain social situations for the sufferer of social anxiety disorder, it feels anything but normal. Things that seem relatively easy for most people, can be like running a marathon, your heart is pounding, you are sweating profusely, your chew half the words that come out of your mouth and sometimes, your head feels like it’s going to explode, so how can that feel normal? Things like meeting people, going on a date or even going to a restaurant or a cafe can get you going. The problem is, that anxiety prevents you from going. Talking to one or more people can be like torture, you may get a feeling of butterflies in your stomach, maybe tiger moths!. Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, limits your everyday interactions and when you cannot avoid the situation, it can cause significant levels of anxiety, and embarrassment and you become very self-conscious because you fear being judged negatively by other people.

The Hallmark of any anxiety disorder is avoidance and people with social anxiety disorder experience this big time and often want to avoid everything. The problem is, that you will never overcome a social anxiety disorder, by being antisocial. fear. While the experience is called an anxiety disorder, you are actually experiencing the stress or fight or flight response. Severe or chronic stress affects your relationships, especially the one with yourself because it leads to low self-esteem, low confidence and almost no self-respect. It also interferes with the smallest of tasks and other things like daily routines, work, school or other formal or social activities.

Social phobia is an anxiety disorder that can have a chronic effect on your mental health. However, learning the metrics of how anxiety disorders develop is the first step. Initially, you will learn some simple coping skills and through the hypnotherapy sessions, new patterns of thinking begin to emerge and confidence slowly begins to develop and your ability to interact with others starts to improve.

Hypnotherapy For Social Phobia


Symptoms of Social Anxiety


The desire to avoid social situations

Everyday experiences are difficult when you have a social anxiety disorder, things like:

  • Meeting friends, new people especially strangers
  • Going to meetings, crowded places or social gatherings
  • Going about your everyday tasks at work or school, sometimes even at home
  • Engaging in simple discussions or starting conversations
  • Shaking hands or greeting people
  • Entering places where you expect others to be
  • Making eye contact
  • Making complaints or returning items you bought
  • Eating in front of others
Social anxiety disorder symptoms are often situation-dependent and because of that, change in many different ways and on different days and places. They can surge exponentially if you face a lot of changes too quickly or too often or if the pressure or stress increases unexpectedly. Avoiding situations that increase your anxiety may make you feel better but it’s a short term solution to an ever-growing long term issue


Emotional and sensory symptoms

The symptoms of social anxiety disorder can include constant:

  • Fear that you will be judged negatively
  • An overfocus on other people’s perception of your anxiety
  • Fear of embarrassing or humiliating yourself
  • Intense feelings of being overwhelmed when talking with strangers
  • You avoid any situations where you’ll be the centre of attention
  • Fear of physical symptoms that cause embarrassment, e.g. blushing, perspiring, hot flushes or stammering
  • General avoidance of any social situation and environments
  • An over-focus on your performance following any social engagement
  • A habit of planning for the worse and the ability to often make it happen

Physical symptoms

Physical symptoms of a social anxiety disorder can include:

  • Blushing
  • Fast heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Trembling or shaky hands
  • Perspiring 
  • Nausea or gastrointestinal issues
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • A feeling of being detached or disconnected with reality
  • Muscle cramps or tension
It is often very difficult to establish the cause of anxiety and while many hypnotherapists talk of finding the root cause, or the initial sensitising event, it is often difficult, if not impossible to do this. Simply because there is rarely one single event but rather, a plethora of small but incremental factors involved. And just because you are now likely to be an adult, any discussion of the past, will be made through your current language base, complete with many words and their meanings, that you did not have or know when you were a child. As we grow, learn and become more educated and intellectual, our brain updates any memories we retrieve, consciously or not, when we are in situations that have links or schemas relating to previous experiences which were either challenging or traumatic. Fortunately, Trans4mational Therapy knows how to address such phenomena as memory distortion or corruption.
Some of the things that cause social anxiety are:
Brain function. There are many areas of the brain involved in the brain relating to what we call anxiety. However, anxiety is merely the term that describes the activation of the stress response for unknown or uncertain reasons. So, in that sense, anxiety is better thought of as the consequence of a problem, not the problem itself. What causes anxiety is consequential to our sensory perceptions (perceptual defence mechanisms) that activate memories that relate to a past or perceived future outcome that is or could be dangerous.

Hereditary factors.
Anxiety disorders often run in families, more often, but not always, from the mother because the foetus experiences the mother's emotions during confinement. It’s not exactly clear how much emotional wiring is due to genetics and how much is due to learned experience that translates into behaviour.

Environmental factors.
Social anxiety disorders are almost always a learned behaviour, not learnt in the context of a classroom experience but rather through observation and experience. It usually starts in childhood (even if it later manifests in adulthood), often as a consequence of the environment we live in and the familial, cultural or social dynamics of where we live. Things like overcrowded habitats, poverty, restricted social amenities or services, maybe even a lack of opportunity, matters of race, religion, ethnicity, social class etc. all play their part too. As does being ostracised or bullied. In fact, you could probably write a book on the potential causes Nevertheless, hypnotherapy is most often the solution

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