You experience an intense fear of getting humiliated, embarrassed or criticized.
This prevents you from carrying out even the simplest of everyday tasks such as making small talk and eating in public. You also find it hard to socialize and communicate, for example, you find it too hard to speak publicly.
There's nothing wrong with feeling nervous in social situations that involve you coming under the attention of familiar people or strangers, such as a work presentation. You may experience this nervousness and anxiety both during the event and in the lead-up to it.
However, if you have a social anxiety disorder (or social phobia), you will face intense anxiety when you have to deal with certain social situations and performance situations. You will have experience an overwhelming fear of being criticized, judged, laughed at or humiliated in front of people. This applies to even the most mundane everyday tasks, such as eating in a public place.
Your social anxiety may even be specific, in which you fear a certain situation or some situations that are associated with a certain fear.
How Can Counseling Help Me?
Social anxiety can be treated, and seeking professional help is your first step in the recovery journey.
Trained therapists at Kasandra Wheeler PLLC are here to help treat Social Anxiety through effective cognitive behavioural techniques, and more. Therapy is a great solution to your current struggles. If your life is difficult because of social anxiety, getting help from a trained therapist can change your life for the better. Just take the first step and get in touch with us.
You are not alone. We are here to help!