Did you know that over 7% of the UK population suffers from social anxiety disorder?
Also known as social phobia or shyness, social anxiety is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. This includes social anxiety in Bournemouth and social anxiety in Dorset.
In its simplest terms social anxiety is a fear of people – of either being around, having to interact with, being watched, criticized or judged by others.
Are YOU uncomfortable or embarrassed at being the centre of attention? Do you find it hard to interact with people? Maybe you can relate to the following:
· “I just hate being put on the spot.”
· “I’d avoid seminars because the thought of having to stand up and introduce myself fills me with dread.”
· “I go to pieces at interviews – I know I can do the job but I panic and the words just don’t come out right.”
· “My friend wants to take me to a party to meet lots of new people, but that’s my idea of hell!”
Do these statements sound familiar? People may tell you that you’re shy, but you know it’s not shyness – it’s more than that. You may get very anxious about certain situations, for example if you have to interact with other people in a social setting or even making eye contact with somebody.
Maybe you don’t want to speak to someone in person or on the telephone (maybe it’s your boss)? Do you start to blush and tremble? Does your heart start to beat faster? Maybe you begin to sweat?
You might have social anxiety disorder. It is surprising how many people do in Bournemouth, Dorset and across the UK.
How to beat social anxiety
Social Anxiety responds well to a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotic Suggestion. It also responds well in many cases to Analytical Hypnotherapy.
Take that first step and contact Dolphin Hypnotherapy now for a FREE introductory consultation to discuss which method would best suit you. We are based in Bournemouth, Dorset and have helped countless individuals like you overcome their social anxiety.
“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”
Social anxiety symptoms
Social anxiety is characterized by an intense fear of situations, usually social or performance situations, where embarrassment may occur.
Individuals with the disorder are acutely aware of the physical signs of their anxiety and fear that others will notice, judge them and think poorly of them. This often results in anxiety prior to a specific activity, a Panic Attack when faced with an activity, or the avoidance of an activity altogether.
Adults usually recognize that their fears are unfounded or excessive, but suffer them nonetheless.
Symptoms of social phobia manifest themselves physically and can include:
· Heart palpitations
Beat your social anxiety today! To let us help you overcome it Contact Dolphin Hypnotherapy or book online using voucher code INITIALAC (Please note that in the event of non-attendance or cancellation with less than 48 hours notice, our standard consultation fee will be charged).
This page was written by Mr T.Roberts, Consultant Psychotherapist. Learn more.