How To Communicate About Your Social Anxiety

Social anxiety also called ‘social phobia’ makes a person feels anxious about or fears social interaction with people. People with social anxiety basically suffer from the fear of being evaluated and judged negatively by others. It is a pervasive disorder might affect all areas of life of the person suffering from it. It can even sabotage the relationships of people suffering from it due to the lack of honest and open communication. Bottling up your emotions and anxiety only ends up in compounding it. Being able to talk and share about your anxieties, experiences, and emotions with people who understand is really encouraging and helpful.

Acknowledging your problem and communicating about it is a real tough task for people suffering from social anxiety but it is a step towards social anxiety disorder treatment. Though it is tough, it is not impossible. Given below are few things that you should consider as they will help you in deciding about how to communicate about your anxiety.

1. Prepare yourself

When you talk about your anxiety it may trigger more anxiety. So be as calm as possible and prepare yourself. You should decide who do you want to share your problem with, how you are going to start the discussion and what is your expectation from the said person. You can even discuss your approach with some online group too.

2. Who do you want to share it with?

Choose that one person who you trust most. That person should be someone who will understand you, will be there for you and whom you feel comfortable with. It can be any of your parent, sibling, friend or a colleague. Choosing one person to share your fears with is easy and better than sharing it with a crowd.

3. Decide how much you want to share

People who are really close to you like loved ones, family members and friends would like to know the complete detail so that they can understand and help you better. Rest it’s better to only give brief information about your hesitation and symptoms when it comes to some friend you meet occasionally and colleagues.

4. Be prepared for reactions

Be prepared that this communication might give you unexpected results. Close family and friends might be more understanding and supportive than you expected them and their positive support will give you confidence in fighting your negative fears. There might also be people like a work colleague or a friend who might totally back away. So you should be prepared that while you have accepted your problems but it’s not the same for everyone and they might not be to accept it or might need more time.

5. Know what you really want

You should have a clear idea of your expectation from this communication. You should know what you need and expect whether you just need their advice, or you want them to help you in finding a psychiatrist, you want their support in work or you just want them as a silent backup.

In the end, be honest as open as you can. Let them help you by asking for support when and where you need it. Go with them and consult a professional who specializes in social anxiety disorder treatment.

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