Social Anxiety

social phobiaTreatment for Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety, also known as Social Phobia, is surprisingly common and generally affects more than 10% of the population of both genders. Both male and female sufferers have fears of being singled out for individual attention, socially, at work, and in group situations. The may suffer with fears that their actions will result in embarrassment or even humiliation. There can also be a very intense aversion to any form of criticism or judgement. The symptoms are very diverse and include sweating, blushing, nervousness, stammering, etc. Social anxiety, and its symptoms, is the most common condition a hypnotherapist treats.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (4th edition) – defines social anxiety as:

“A marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The individual fears that he/she will act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing…”

Do you experience any of the following?

Feelings of inferiority. Fear or rejection, fear of eating in public, a fear of authority, stuttering or stammering. Are you very self conscious? Do you experience sexual inhibitions or performance anxiety, blushing, hot flashes, or a shy bladder? Do you fear being humiliated, or do you lack confidence? Are you afraid to speak either in meetings or interviews? There are many more symptoms, but all of the above are symptoms of social phobia.