How to manage social anxiety
Social anxiety disorder is a very widespread form of anxiety. This may affect anyone at any time, and results in difficulties with everyday situations, from shopping to talking to people over the phone.
Social anxiety sufferers can segregate themselves from friends and family, which can create problems both in the home as well as at work.
Shopping, speaking in public, meeting friends - there are lots of situations which can be hard for a sufferer of social phobia, particularly when they feel they are being observed.
A fear of criticism is normally quite prominent in this disorder so sufferers in most instances avoid scenarios where they could be criticised.
People with social phobia typically have a lot of insecurities and are likely to suffer low self-worth.
Left untreated, the levels of anxiousness and fear may generalise and accentuate until the person begins to suffer from panic and anxiety attacks.
The stress of continuing social phobia can lead to mental health problems such as depression, and can lead men and women to self-medicate with alcohol or other substances to escape the feelings of anxiety and panic.
At this point, they are likely to encounter a breakdown in relationships or friendships and difficulties maintaining their employment. Socialising with other people becomes difficult but also doing general everyday tasks like going shopping or even posting a letter.
Clearly, it is a very devastating disorder if left to build without help; the great thing is that hypnosis is very effective at helping ease social anxiety at all stages of the disorder.
Hypnotherapy helps to establish whether there is a hidden issue, perhaps an experience from the past which has progressed into feelings of fear, insecurity and anxiousness and aims to help an individual overcome these emotions and anxieties. By changing the way the subconscious perceives past memories along with the behavioural patterns, a hypnotic approach will be able to help the person to learn more beneficial thought processes and increase self-confidence and control.
Using this technique, individuals that suffer from social phobia can begin to live a normal life, as hypnotherapeutic strategies look to alleviate the problems associated with it.
By using hypnotherapeutic approaches people find it much easier to be around others and quite frankly just be "normal" again because they actually feel more relaxed and in control.
The growing confidence and self-worth fuel improvement in romantic relationships, work and social settings at an ever increasing rate.
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Samantha Culshaw-Robinson a Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing in Nottingham. She practices Clinical Hypnotherapy to help weight control (including the hypnotic gastric band), relieve anxiety, fear of flying, improve sports performance and many other issues.