Phobia is the root of anxiety. Some phobias are around fear of heights, or spiders, or some other such thing but social phobia is just as real as any object that might scare a person. Phobias can be debilitating for the person who suffers along with their family and loved ones. Regular tasks like taking a bath or going out of the house can be monumental, if not impossible. Learn some tips for recognizing social phobia and how to cope.
What is Social Phobia
Social phobias can be damaging for the person who suffers because it may be off-putting to those around them. Social phobias can make a person feel alienated and distant from loved ones. At the root, social phobia is based on a fear of public situations. Social phobia tends to have a lot to do with self-consciousness, which plays into social phobia. These phobias tend to manifest during preteen or teen years. The peers often reject them in relation to social phobia and this rejection can, in turn, cause mental health issues including added anxiety and depression. Sometimes people who struggle socially will use alcohol or drugs to cope. This makes it even more important to be aware of mental health and addiction issues along with social phobias.
Social phobias can be treated a variety of ways. This may include therapeutic support like:
- Talk therapies, including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). This can help a person deal with social phobias and underlying issues in a group or individual setting.
- Exposure therapy helps treat a phobia with prolonged exposure to the subject of the phobia until the person becomes more comfortable.
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is another method used to treat phobias.
- Medication may be used in treatment of social phobia. Since the root of phobia is anxiety, medication may be helpful in supporting the person in going out more and socializing or just functioning at a baseline level with the help of other tools.
Self-medicating can be dangerous for people, especially those vulnerable to addiction and mental health issues. Benzos can be particularly addictive and should be monitored. Trying to self-prescribe medication to take for an untreated health condition like social phobia can be dangerous and not supportive of lasting change. Anybody suffering with severe mental health issues should consult a treating physician to be sure they are receiving well-rounded care that supports them holistically.
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