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Old January 21st, 2007, 10:23 PM   #1
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Unhappy Social Anxiety Disorder.

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Cognitive aspects
In cognitive models of Social Anxiety Disorder, social phobics experience dread over how they will be presented to others. They may be overly self-conscious, pay high self-attention after the activity, or have high performance standards for themselves. According to the social psychology theory of self-presentation, a sufferer attempts to create a well-mannered impression on others but believes he or she is unable to do so. Many times, prior to the potentially anxiety-provoking social situation, sufferers may deliberate over what could go wrong and how to deal with each unexpected case. After the event, they may have the perception they performed unsatisfactorily. Consequently, they will review anything that may have possibly been abnormal or embarrassing. These thoughts do not just terminate soon after the encounter, but may extend for weeks or longer. Those with social phobia tend to interpret neutral or ambiguous conversations with a negative outlook and although still inconclusive, some studies suggest that socially anxious individuals remember more negative memories than those less distressed. An example of an instance may be that of an employee presenting to his co-workers. During the presentation, the person may stutter a word upon which he or she may worry that other people significantly noticed and think that he or she is a terrible presenter. This cognitive thought propels further anxiety which may lead to further stuttering, sweating and a possible panic attack.


Behavioral aspects
Social anxiety disorder is a persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny by others and fears that he or she may do something or act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing. It exceeds normal "shyness" as it leads to excessive social avoidance and substantial social or occupational impairment. Feared activities may include most any type of social interaction, especially small groups, dating, parties, talking to strangers, restaurants, etc. Physical symptoms include "mind going blank", fast heartbeat, blushing, stomach ache. Cognitive distortions are a hallmark, and learned about in CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). Thoughts are often self-defeating and inaccurate.

According to renowned psychologist B.F. Skinner, phobias are controlled by escape and avoidance behaviors. For instance, a student may leave the room when talking in front of the class (escape) and refrain from doing verbal presentations because of the previously encountered anxiety attack (avoid). Minor avoidance behaviors are exposed when a person avoids eye contact and crosses arms to avoid recognizable shaking. A fight-or-flight response is then triggered in such events. Preventing these automatic responses is at the core of treatment for social anxiety

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All of these things occur to me, to sum it all up i believe that i have this, although a second opinion might help. I dont want to see a doctor unless i truly thing that i have it.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 06:48 AM   #2
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Hmm I am not sure but as I remember your post you might indeed have that , but consider that it would mean your a perfectionist.. I know I was lol

I'm tough, rough, ready and able
To pick myself up from under this table
Don't stick no sign on me, I got no label
I'm a little sick, unsure, unsound and unstable

But I'm fighting my way back
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 03:31 PM   #3
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how about other mental illness

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Old March 23rd, 2007, 06:22 PM   #4
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i have social anxiety....
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 06:02 PM   #5
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wow lol for the past 3 years now i've always throught something was wronge and i've always put it down to maybe being depressed or just over sensative, but i've never heard about social anxiety, well i have heard of it but never really considered it, till i read that ^^^ . i have nearly everything described and becuase of it i get panic attakes and i've had a couple of breakdowns. sometimes becuase of it i won't even get up in the morning becuase i just can't face people and i become so low i just want to advoid people and the outside world. i get incrediable paranoid too.
i've never really tried to do anything about it but just get on as well as i can, i don't know if there is anything you can do about it, not that i know of anyway.
i'm gonna look into it!
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 09:29 PM   #6
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i have social anxiety, but i think in ur case u believe that u actually have it, so ur making symptons up in ur head. Now dont get me wrong, im not saying its for sure that u dont, but i think it be better if you go to a doctor and tell them

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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:35 AM   #7
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After the event, they may have the perception they performed unsatisfactorily. Consequently, they will review anything that may have possibly been abnormal or embarrassing. These thoughts do not just terminate soon after the encounter, but may extend for weeks or longer.
omg i thought i was the only one that did that...

like if i say something wrong in school when im asked a question its all i can think about for ages after... like ill hear myself saying it over and over again, and ill go through everyone elses reactions to it in my head...
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