Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) and HypnotherapyHypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin
Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is characterized by an excessive and persistent fear and avoidance of situations that involve social interaction and evaluation by others. Social or public situations of any kind may induce this disorder which is often expressed as a fear of being the center of attention, or of others noticing the sufferer’s anxious behavior. It is one of the most common anxiety disorders.
Symptoms may be so extreme that they disrupt daily life. People with this disorder may have few or no social or romantic relationships, making them feel powerless, isolated, or even ashamed. Some fear a wide range of social situations while others may only show anxiety in performance situations. The fear of behaving in an embarrassing or humiliating way can lead to a complete withdrawal from social contact, as well as avoidance of specific social situations.
Although the patient recognizes that the fear is excessive and unreasonable, people with social anxiety disorder feel powerless against their anxiety. They are terrified they will humiliate or embarrass themselves.
The anxiety can interfere significantly with daily routines, occupational performance, or social life, making it challenging completing school, interview and get a job, and have friendships and relationships.
The comorbidity rate is high. Most of the times social phobia co-exists with other disorders. In particular, lifetime depression is high, as well as other anxiety disorders. Many clients also have a panic disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior.
In practice, there is a problematic relationship between social phobia and alcoholism. The social phobia most often predates the onset of alcohol problems. Many social phobia sufferers use alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate their distressing anxiety symptoms.
Through hypnotherapy, offending triggers can be removed to enable the client to take back control of their life. We seek out and identify the root cause of the anxiety, and then change an individual’s perception of a past event. Once the emotion involved in these experiences has been released the client is freed from the anxiety or panic. The emotion was the driving force for the fear and once the client understands this, the anxiety no longer has a driving force.
Shyness refers to a tendency to withdraw from people, particularly unfamiliar people. It is a normal personality trait. This means that everyone has some degree of shyness. Some people have a lot of shyness, some have a little, and most have an amount somewhere in between.
Shyness can interfere with interpersonal or professional goals.
Social anxiety (social phobia) is in its mildest form simply shyness, but when it gets more disabling it becomes what we call a social phobia. It can be generalized, which means that we get extremely anxious in many situations where there might be people around, or it can be specific when it only applies to a certain situation like public speaking or eating out.
Everyone feels shy or anxious in certain social environments, but for some people, it can be a little more extreme. When this is the case it has a very debilitating effect on life quality. Then it stops us doing the things we would like to. For example, it may affect our confidence to go to work or to make friends and enjoy our lives.
Unhelpful thoughts and predictions make it more difficult to overcome anxiety. Those thoughts also typically play a damaging role just prior to people entering social environments as they predict they will perform poorly. Similarly, unhelpful thoughts influence people during social situations, as they assume they are not coming across well. To make matters worse, after social situations, people often analyze their performance and assume they have performed poorly. When considering these factors, it is easy to see how unhelpful thoughts stop people overcoming their social anxiety.
Socially anxious people tend to avoid social contact whenever possible. If they cannot avoid it, they tend to try and escape it as quickly as possible. Although this is a very understandable way of coping with social anxiety, it is actually one of the main reasons that people find it hard to overcome. This is because by avoiding social situations, people stop themselves having positive experiences that could disprove some of their unhelpful thoughts. Furthermore, the longer someone avoids a social situation, the more daunting it becomes and it is increasingly difficult to face.
Social anxiety is a serious problem. No matter what you’re living with, social anxiety can make it much harder to enjoy the activities that lead to happiness and contentment, and that’s why it’s important that you learn how to cure social anxiety.
I’ve worked with many people suffering from social anxiety. Hypnotherapy with Hypnobalancing™ is an effective tool for combatting social anxiety disorder.
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