In this blog post, we shed light on what social anxiety disorder is. The signs and symptoms, and possible recovery methods so that you become an informed parent and take necessary measures to help your teen deal with it.
1. What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?
Also known as social phobia, social anxiety disorder is a pervasive mental condition which can cause your teen to be afraid of being judged, continuously watched, or being negatively evaluated by others. These feelings usually spike in social situations like parties, public speaking forums, school activities, etc.
This disorder always starts with a person feeling shy and timid. When it goes untreated, it creates emotions of extreme nervousness, which may disrupt the personal and professional life of your teen.
2. How to Overcome Social Anxiety Disorder?
Before we discuss ways to deal with social anxiety disorder, it is important to know its signs and symptoms first.
Common Signs and Symptoms of SAD
- Sweating and trembling
- Racing heartbeat
- Difficulty in breathing
- Muscle tension
- Feeling dizzy or light-headedness
- Avoiding social situations
- Negative thoughts – people judging you, worrying about embarrassing yourself, etc.
3. Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety Disorder
Take Your Teen to a Therapist
This is a call for action when things take a turn for the worse. If you see social anxiety worsening your teen’s life, don’t hesitate to ask for a professional’s help. You can always take them to a well-qualified therapist. Usually, therapists help individuals create a plan of action that helps them face their social fears and instilling confidence in them.
Make Your Teen Practice Deep Breathing Every Day
It’s quite effective to engage in deep breathing before a social situation that can trigger anxiety. Help your teen practice it daily. This will eventually become second nature to them, and they may act more confidently in any social situation.
Teach them Problem-Solving Skills
Teens suffering from a social anxiety disorder become masters of avoidance. They do everything in their capacity to avoid participating in any social situation. This can make things worse over time. Make them face their fears. For example, if your teen is afraid of speaking in public, try to make them practice in front of the mirror or join a speaking club. This will help develop self-confidence in them.
If you spot the signs and symptoms mentioned above in your teen, nothing is lost yet. You can take the necessary measures discussed in this blog post and help your teen live a better and healthier life.