Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Coping with Social Anxiety

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According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Social Anxiety Disorder is "the extreme fear of being scrutinized and judged by others in social or performance situations". Though the fear is recognized as excessive, those with Social Anxiety Disorder often feel powerless in the face of their anxiety; often, anxiety will impact the daily routines, social life and job performance of those living with the disorder.

Interested in finding out more about the signs, symptoms and treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder? Helpguide's online article, "Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms, Self-Help and Treatment" discusses symptoms and triggers of social anxiety as well as treatment options. In addition, the Centre for Clinical Interventions offers their online Infopax, "Shy No Longer," which gives an overview of the disorder and includes suggestions for decreasing anxiety through techniques such as breath control and progressive muscle relaxation.

Be sure to visit the NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania website for information about Social Anxiety Disorder and other mental health disorders, as well as information on recovery and wellness!

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