WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE SOCIAL ANXIETY?
Social anxiety is feeling super sensitive to either real or imagined criticism. What underlies this feeling is an exquisite sensitivity to the feeling of embarrassment. If feeling judged or criticized often trashes your whole day, there is help. If you look back on conversations, and just keep rehashing what went wrong, there is help.
Sometimes the physical part of social anxiety makes you feel sick. It can create a racing heart, shaking hands, dry mouth or blushing. Do you frequently self-compare to see how you stack up? Does a casually tossed off opinion destroy your day? Or maybe you worry weeks before a dreaded presentation, exam, or social engagement. It is very painful to live life when you constantly seek the approval of others.
SELF MEDICATING WITH ALCOHOL
Being introverted (quite normal) and having social anxiety are two very different things. It is all too common for people with social anxiety to self-soothe with alcohol in social situations, as a way to cope.
It is possible to manage social anxiety. If this is an issue you face, and it is disrupting your life, or keeping you from opportunities you might otherwise choose, click the blue button and schedule an appointment. You don’t have to fight the anxiety; there are better ways that leave you in charge instead of the anxiety.