Thursday, November 8, 2007

Self-help Treatment For Social Anxiety Can Ease Burden

"With mental health conditions such as anxiety growing in prevalence across the globe, there is a critical need for more innovative, cost-effective and accessible treatments. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (1997 National Survey of Health and Wellbeing) social phobia affects more than 200,000 Australians every year. Of these people, 80 per cent do not seek treatment.

The results of Macquarie's recently trialed self-help treatment for social anxiety disorder is therefore promising news for both anxiety sufferers and mental health services."

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American Chronicle: Medications for Social Anxiety

"What is social anxiety, you ask? Well, to put it simply you fear certain social situations and will go to any lengths to avoid them. This doesn’t necessarily follow that you’ll be of a retiring nature and that you won’t like social gatherings. It only means that certain specific social situations lead you to feel anxiety and sometimes to experience panic attacks.

So whereas a person with a shy disposition might shirk all social gatherings, you could be the life of the party one minute with all eyes on you and loving it and the next minute something could happen to bring about your Social Anxiety. Perhaps you find yourself in a humiliating situation or you find yourself in a position from which you can’t remove yourself and that’s when your Social Anxiety symptoms will all kick in at once drowning you in their viselike grip. So what can you do about it?"

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Social Anxiety Australia

"Social Anxiety Australia was established by Sue Cleland in January 2000 after she herself recovered from the condition. Sue lived with Social Anxiety Disorder for twenty years before receiving treatment and has now fully recovered. During her recovery, Sue recognised a need in Australia for more information, guidance, understanding and support for people who are living with this extremely common, yet debilitating condition. It is for these reasons that Sue established Social Anxiety Australia as a resource for people to help them on their own path to recovery."

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facts for health--social anxiety disorder--do i have it?

"If you or someone you care about suffers from symptoms of social anxiety disorder, please take the quiz offered here. While a computer cannot replace diagnosis by a qualified clinician, it can definitely suggest a strong likelihood that you are suffering from this very treatable condition. If your score indicates that you may have social anxiety disorder, we strongly encourage you to seek help. Many excellent treatment options exist that can greatly improve your quality of life."

From here you can take a quick test to see if you have Social Anxiety Disorder

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Social Anxiety Disorder, anxiety, anxiety attack, stress management, anxiety social, shyness

"Social Anxiety Disorder is a fear of being embarrassed, judged or evaluated negatively in social situations. Because of this fear, the person with Social Anxiety Disorder experiences physical symptoms of anxiety, and as a result tends to avoid the social interaction or social situation that brings on the symptoms of anxiety. The level of anxiety experienced by the person with Social Anxiety disorder is excessive, and results in substantial impairment in the person's social, emotional, interpersonal and occupational life."
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Social Anxiety Disorder Causes Symptoms Information with Treatment - Wheretofindpedia

"Many people with social anxiety disorder feel that there is 'something wrong,' but don't recognize their feeling as a sign of illness. Physiological effects, similar to those in other anxiety disorders, are present in social phobics. Social anxiety disorder can be so debilitating that it interferes with work, school and other routine activities. Social anxiety disorder may be linked to other mental illnesses, such as panic disorder , obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. "
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Shyness or a Deeper Problem? Social Anxiety Disorder - Wheretofindpedia

Shyness or a Deeper Problem? Social Anxiety Disorder - Wheretofindpedia: "Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as SAD or Social Phobia) is a mental illness affecting more than 15 million Americans today. This disorder usually manifests itself during early adolescence, and affects more women than men. Unfortunately, however, it is also currently one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. An individual with Social Anxiety Disorder may experience intense self consciousness in social situations. They worry boundlessly that they will be rejected or judged negatively by others. They may also fear that their actions and behaviours will embarrass or humiliate them. You might consider SAD to be an extreme form of shyness. An individual suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder recognizes that their fears are irrational, but still can't seem to shake them. This disorder can negatively affect every area of a person's life, as Social Phobics will often go to extreme lengths avoid situations that trigger their anxieties. Some individuals suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder can become severely isolated, having little to no personal contacts, jobs, education, etc. This can lead to a pit of depression, loneliness, and despair. "

Social anxiety disorder and depression in women - Wheretofindpedia

Social anxiety disorder and depression in women - Wheretofindpedia: "When it comes to the type of person that depression and/or social anxiety disorder affects, no one is ruled out. Age, sex, social class, race...there is no steadfast rule. It is, however, a fact that women are two times more likely to suffer a depression. Of course, men are succeptable to depression but, statistically speaking, it's the opposite sex that may experience the most terrible effects of depression. "

Social anxiety disorder and depression in women - Wheretofindpedia

Social anxiety disorder and depression in women - Wheretofindpedia

When it comes to the type of person that depression and/or social anxiety disorder affects, no one is ruled out. Age, sex, social class, race...there is no steadfast rule. It is, however, a fact that women are two times more likely to suffer a depression. Of course, men are succeptable to depression but, statistically speaking, it's the opposite sex that may experience the most terrible effects of depression.