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Friday, July 18, 2008

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness - 6 Facts You Need to Know

Overcoming social anxiety and shyness is often made far easier when you learn as much as you can about the condition itself. To help get you started, here are 6 facts about social anxiety.

1. Did you know that social anxiety is the most common of all the various forms of anxiety disorder? Social anxiety disorder affects more than 10 million Americans at any one time, putting it ahead of generalized anxiety disorder, which ranks second.

2. It's now firmly accepted by most experts that social anxiety is hereditary, and runs in families. There are also other factors that can contribute to the developing of social anxiety (environmental factors, upbringing, life experiences), but heredity is by far the most common shared cause.

3. Social anxiety disorder is sometimes referred to by its other name, social phobia. Social anxiety disorder and social phobia are characterized by intense fear of being in social situations, or even simply thinking about being in social situations. There is also almost always a fear of being scrutinized or of some form of negative evaluation.

4. Specific situations that are likely to produce the fear reaction in people with social anxiety are: starting or maintaining conversations with strangers, speaking in public, taking part in meetings or group conversations, and dating.

5. Most people with social anxiety disorder are diagnosed in their mid-teens. The condition, if not addressed early on, typically worsens with age, and in some cases becomes a lifelong condition.

6. When someone with social anxiety disorder experiences fear because of their condition there are several common symptoms they'll often experience: sweating, nausea, blushing, palpitations, trembling. In some situations these symptoms may progress to a full-blown panic attack.

One of the best things you can do for yourself if you suffer from social anxiety disorder is to learn all you can about it. Sometimes, this alone is enough to get you back on the path to recovery. In fact, educating yourself on your conditions is one of the most beneficial steps you can take to overcoming your social anxiety and shyness in the quickest time possible.

Since overcoming a lifelong battle with anxiety and panic disorder in 2007, Alex Taylor now devotes his time to helping others recover. He achieves this via his highly-acclaimed online course, "Beat Panic Today." You can experience the same results that many others have experienced by accessing the course right now, free of charge, by going to Alex's website:

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