Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a mental health condition where a person feels nervous or afraid during everyday social interactions. It is a debilitating and intense condition due to the way it makes a person avoid social situations.
Fortunately, there is hope for relief in even the most extreme instances of social anxiety disorder thanks to traditional treatments and innovative new therapies alike.
Social Anxiety Triggers
With a social anxiety disorder, there’s a number of situations that can trigger your symptoms, even some everyday social situations. Examples include some of the following:
- Public speaking
- Talking to strangers
- Making eye contact
- Entering rooms
- Public restrooms
- Parties or social events
- Eating near other people
- School or work
- Starting new conversations
The underlying fear sparking social anxiety in these situations is usually one of the following:
- Being judged by others
- Being embarrassed or humiliated
- Offending someone
- Being the center of attention
Social Anxiety Symptoms
Symptoms and overall experiences vary from person to person, as well as depending on the situation, but physical symptoms usually include the following:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle tension
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Trouble catching your breath
- “Out of body” sensation
Social Anxiety Causes
As is the case with other anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder does not have anyone single, identifiable cause. Instead, it is a result of a complicated mix of factors both biological and environmental.
Social anxiety tends to appear around 13 years of age, sometimes as a result of bullying or abuse.
Effects of Social Anxiety
Living with social anxiety disorder can have seriously debilitating ramifications in your everyday life. You may find that you go out of your way to avoid seemingly normal situations in fear that this will spark your symptoms. You may grow disheartened seeing others perform so easily the tasks that you struggle with.
If left untreated, social anxiety can lead to further complications, such as:
- Lowered self-esteem
- Negative thoughts
- Poor social skills
- Sensitivity to criticism
How To Deal With Social Anxiety
One surefire way to combat symptoms of your social anxiety is to make sure you are supporting your physical
- Exercising at least 30 minutes, three to five times a week
- Sleeping around 8 hours a night
- Avoiding harmful substances like alcohol or drugs
Ketamine for Social Anxiety
Exactly how ketamine treats anxiety disorders is still being researched by the medical community. The current understanding indicates that ketamine binds to receptors in the brain that increase the amount of a neurotransmitter, glutamate, is released. This will then set off a chain of reactions within the brain that affects thinking and emotional regulation.
To put this in simpler terms, the brain reacts to ketamine in a way that triggers hormones that help create more positive emotions. This can occur within minutes after a person receives their infusion, but some people may need several treatments before they experience the highest level of benefits.
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