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Social Anxiety at School: A Complete Guide for Affected Students

Going to school and getting a basic education is a human right that not all children get to experience. For good reason, it is hoped that those who have the privilege of attending primary and high school will be grateful and take advantage of this possibility. That is why skipping classes is considered a trait […]

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Social Anxiety & Romantic Relationships: Practical Advice for Couples

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is incredibly common, accounting for one of the most common mental health conditions in the world (Kessler et al., 2005). Even people who do not qualify for a diagnosis often struggle with social anxiety (Porter, Chambless, & Keefe, 2017), which can affect a range of different life domains. One of the […]

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The 10 Most Serious Consequences of Suffering From Social Phobia

Contrary to popular thought, social anxiety disorder (SAD, also called social phobia) is not the same as shyness or introversion. While the latter describe quite common personality traits, the former is a mental health condition that requires professional treatment. SAD is marked by intense fear of being judged, negatively evaluated or rejected in social situations […]

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Fear of Reading Out Loud: Why You Panic & How to Prevent It

You have just been called up in class. “Please read this passage out loud for all of us.“, the teacher says. You take a deep breath while checking how long the paragraph is. It is an entire page. Your heart rate increases, you feel the adrenaline running through your body, your breath gets short. While […]

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Facial Muscle Twitches During Socialization: Causes & Remedies

For most people, socializing with others is a natural process that happens almost automatically. Although they may experience some initial insecurity when meeting new people, they warm up quite quickly and can immerse themselves in conversation without any major problems. For others, meeting and interacting with strangers, or even with well-known people, represents an important […]

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Relaxation-Induced Anxiety: Why You Get Anxious When Trying to Relax

Relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, biofeedback and mindfulness meditation can successfully reduce anxiety for most individuals. However, this is not the case for everyone. For a certain subgroup of people, these same practices can have adverse effects, leading to increases in anxiety when engaging in them (Heide & Borkovec, 1983). Such […]

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Social Anxiety in College Students: The Neglected Pandemic

To some extent, social anxiety plays an important role for all of us. The psychosomatic arousal – alertness, shaking, sweating, etc. – is a signal from our bodies that it is important that we behave in a certain way, make good impressions, and help others to feel comfortable in our presence. These are the mechanics […]

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Dating With Social Anxiety: 15 Tips To Help You Thrive

There are many doubts that can make people feel anxious and insecure when going on a first date. “Do I look attractive enough?” “What are we going to talk about?” “Will I appear nervous?” “What if I say something stupid?” “What if we just sit their in awkward silence? Although these types of anxious thoughts […]

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Social Anxiety in the Workplace: Obstacles, Opportunities & Job Ideas

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is hard to live with. Not only does it cause the difficult emotions of fear, shame and sadness on a daily basis, but it also linked to significant functional impairment in various life domains. One of these is the workplace. Socially anxious people do not only feel bad in certain work […]

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