The symptoms of social anxiety can be very similar to the symptoms of a real illness and there are some basic steps you can take to help you rid your body of it.
Here are the three things you need to do to get rid of it, says social anxiety expert Dr Robert Cialdini.
Get help from a mental health professional.
You might be struggling to manage your anxiety symptoms or your mental health might not be what it once was.
This is where you might need a professional.
Social anxiety affects all of us and is a mental disorder, Dr Cialidini says.
“The key is to seek professional help from someone who has a good understanding of the disorder and who is willing to help people through the process of self-management.”
You can find a professional through an NHS mental health service, a GP or psychologist, or a private mental health clinic.
You can also find support from social workers and mental health professionals on the National Counselling Service website.
Talk to your GP about your symptoms.
A GP may refer you to a specialist for further treatment if you’re struggling to cope.
Read your symptoms aloud.
This might help you identify the symptoms and find the right treatment for you.
Get to know your friends.
Talking to people you trust about your social anxiety will help you to cope with your anxiety, Dr Jellalith says.
If you’ve struggled with social anxiety yourself, Dr John says you might want to talk to someone who’s not worried about you getting into trouble with the law, or who has other issues.
For more information on social anxiety, you can check out the National Anxiety and Depression Association’s website.
If your social anxious symptoms are getting worse, try talking to your doctor about alternative treatment options.