Most teenagers generally felt nervous when dealing with some social situations, such as public speaking or working in groups. Adolescents who experience social phobia typically experience greater anxiety when faced with such a situation.
What is social phobia?
Social phobia is a fear that is unwarranted, intense, and constantly on an object, activity, or certain social situations, which is avoided by a person or survive with pressure and extreme anxiety when in that situation.
The symptoms of social phobia include:
- Extreme embarrassment, often feel abdominal pain, rapid heart rate, dizziness, and sometimes cry.
- Have a fear that continuous, intense, and chronic, as well as always being watched and judged by others.
- Feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable when being watched by many people, such as when giving a presentation, talking in groups, to appear in public.
- Feeling hesitant to talk with classmates or colleagues and trying to avoid eye contact. Preferring to sit alone at lunch, and reluctant to talk in group work.
- Often experiencing physical problems such as heart palpitations, nausea, and sweating. Also, often felt humiliated and embarrassed.
How to cope with social phobia:
In some cases, medications can dramatically reduce or even eliminate social phobia. However, some do not respond to certain drugs, and did not help at all.
2. Behavioral therapy
Behavioral therapy is done by a trained therapist. They can help young people affected by social phobia to identify and change thoughts teens in social situations.
3. Relaxation therapy
With this therapy, adolescents with social phobia can learn techniques to relax such as breathing exercises and meditation. Although relaxation therapy can help a particular social phobia, is still not regarded as an effective treatment for social phobia.
First, it is important to know if you have a social phobia or not. Please note that if untreated, social phobia can lead to depression, alcoholism and drug abuse, problems in school or at work, and poor quality of life.