Break Free of Social Anxiety
by Charles Beeson
The most common of all anxiety disorders (affecting over 19 million americans) is social phobia, now called, Social Anxiety Disorder, (SAD). It is an intense fear of engaging with other people on a social basis or in work situations because of the perceived possibility of rejection, being judged and humiliated by others.
Most individuals with SAD, also, have a severe fear of public speaking, (glossophobia), as well as, participating in group discussions. It can seriously impair the ability to make friends, have romantic relationships and perform well in job interviews and school.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
The symptoms of social anxiety may include all of the physical symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks, such as: Shortness of breath – Difficulty breathing, Racing – pounding heart, Chest discomfort, Intense feeling of terror, Sensation of smothering or choking, Feeling faint or dizzy, Trembling, Sweating, Blushing – turning red in the face, Feeling unsteady, Numbness or tingling, Chills or hot flashes, Nausea or abdominal pains, Feeling disconnected, and, Fear of losing control or dying.
These symptoms may or may not appear visually obvious to others. But, the possibility that they might be noticed… intensifies the anxiety even more. This anticipation anxiety sets-up the individual for experiencing uncomfortable anxiety anytime the mere thought of an upcoming social situation presents itself. Anticipation Anxiety may begin weeks before a scheduled event and may lead to complete avoidance of the situation.
Other situations that may trigger these social anxiety symptoms include:
- Using Public Toilets.
Dining in public.
Talking on the phone.
Perception of being the center of attention.
Round Table discussions at school or work.
What Causes Social Anxiety?
There are multiple possible causes of social anxiety. They are:
1. Poor self image and self esteem. This often originates from being highly criticized by one’s parents or others in early childhood.
2. Low self-confidence created by limiting decisions one makes about one’s self in past memories. These memories are often filled with emotions of fear, hurt and/or sadness. The usual limiting decision a person makes is, “I’m NOT good enough!”
3. Traumatic embarrassment in a past memory. This is a memory of a social situation in which a person experienced an intense feeling of anxiety over a real or imagined perception of being humiliated by others.
Anxiety medications prescribed by a physician can be effective in “numbing” the feelings of fear, during a social event. These drugs can cause extreme tiredness, have other side effects and may become addicting if taken over a long period of time.
Psycho-Therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are often used for treatment. The down-side is the length of time it can take to realize results; usually requiring many months or even years of Long-Term Talk Therapy.
Breaking-Free Fast with InstaCalm®
Many individuals can achieve noticeable improvements in just a few weeks, using the InstaCalm Anxiety Relief Program™. Most of the techniques that are used, are explained step-by-step, in the FREE eBook, the, “Top 10 Self-Help Techniques for Fast Anxiety Relief”. The objects of the InstaCalm Program are to:
1. Alleviate the feeling of fear in all “Root Cause” memories with the Time Line Therapy® technique.
2. Change the Limiting Decision of, “I’m not good enough”, in memories to, “I am good enough”!
3. Learn the 4 second, Anticipation Anxiety Release Technique.
4. Condition the mind with the relaxation response, so one deep breath can trigger feelings of Calm-Confidence.
5. Anchor feelings of calm-confidence that can be triggered anytime.
6. Increase Self Confidence during Social Situations with cognitive hypnotherapy.
A Self-Help, MP3 recording, “Becoming Self-Confident“, is also very effective, if listened to daily for several weeks.