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What Are the Factors for Developing Social Anxiety Disorder

People normally tend to be uneasy, trembling, blushing or panting when they find themselves in embarrassing situations. However there are some people who already experience anxiety, before they are placed in embarrassing situations. These types of people have a Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), also known as Social Phobia; they feel irrational fear of certain social situation - particularly in unfamiliar situations. People with SAD feel intense fear when surrounded with strangers, anxious when teased or embarrassed. They also get overly scared from being observed. SAD is the most common mental disorder.

SAD usually begins during adolescence/teenage years and some shows symptoms of SAD in childhood. What cause them to develop this disorder are certain factors from the environment and genes.

• Family History - You are more prone to develop social anxiety disorder if your parents or siblings have the condition. Some research indicates that SAD is hereditary.

• Gender - Women are more emotional and are more likely to be anxious compared with men.

• Trauma or Negative Experiences - When people are bullied in their teenage years they are more at risk in developing SAD. Crisis, abuse and other negative experiences may also result in developing social anxiety.

• Health condition - Some health conditions may add-up the feeling of shyness, embarrassment and self-consciousness. Facial disfiguration scars and stuttering are only a few that can trigger SAD.

• Disposition and Personality - Some signs that a certain person is social phobic are being withdrawn, passive and restrained Kids who are not exposed to social situations and are not allowed to develop social skill are also prone to develop anxiety disorder.

• Information Transfer - If a kid's parents are overly protective or uptight it can affect the behavior of the child. Thus making the kid fearful of certain social situations. The children's upbringing greatly affects their capacity and personality when they grow up.

When people with social anxiety disorders (SAD) meet new people, are called on in class, attend parties, teased, use public comfort rooms, take exams, eat or drink in public they feel more stress than others do. Unlike the normal manifestations of stress that these situations bring to people, a social phobic experiences drastic physical changes - shortness of breath, upset stomach, nausea, hot flashes, fainting, and dizziness. They excessively worry about an upcoming social event. A social phobic is self-conscious and is afraid to be watched by people. As socialization is a distress, they tend to avoid socializing to a degree that disrupts their daily routines. They are always with a buddy or friend, and stay quiet in order not be noticed or observed.

There are appropriate therapies to address SAD. One possible approach is to change the behavioral pattern and unlearn the negative thoughts that the social phobic had developed. Not treating SAD may lead to depression, suicide and drug abuse. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is treatable. Seek help early from Professional Counselors or Psychologists to control social anxiety.

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