Treating Social Anxiety Disorders in Singapore!
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
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 of a social anxiety disorder can include:
- Fast heartbeat (palpitations)
- Trembling or shaky hands
- 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
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