All the people are born different. Some of them are self-confident according to their nature; others are modest and even shy. There is nothing wrong with it unless these features of character do not interfere with a normal life of a person. As there are cases when they do.
Shyness can reach quite extreme level when a person finds it pretty difficult to find courage and communicate with other people, when any attempts of socializing feel dreadfully scary. Such people feel very much uncomfortable in the company of strangers. These are extreme representations and they are all the symptoms of social phobia disorder.
A person suffering from social phobia disorder is pretty fine in the surroundings familiar to him or her and especially with the people who are close such as family and friends. However, when it comes to strangers, things get more complicated. Any interaction is fearful and in the long run a person develops the fear to society in general.
Social phobia disorder can show up differently but perhaps one of the most frequent examples is fear of public speeches, or stage fright. Surely enough, it is pretty exciting to perform in front of the audience and even experienced actors do have this feeling. But with social phobia disorder it is quite different. A person frequently is unable to speak at all. The best thing to help it is to act in reverse. Which means that is public speeches scare one stiff, this person should practice it with all the might and in spite of any uncomfortable feelings as regularly as possible. This method is called exposure therapy and it is pretty effective in social phobia disorder treatment.
There are also other methods that can produce good effect in case phobia is not severe. Medications can deal with it in this case and there is even no need in any strong preparations. However, any medication therapy does not presuppose self-treatment. A person should be first examined and diagnosed with mild social phobia disorder before getting a prescription for a drug and all the following therapy should go under a doctor’s supervision.
It seems rather strange that, for instance, some independent middle-aged man should be afraid of strangers, finds it difficult and uncomfortable in case of inflicted communication no matter how friendly and goes red and stutter while trying to produce a public speech at a meeting. There seem to be no reasons for such inappropriate reactions. However, modern psychology taught us one thing among many – a lot of problems we suffer from while getting old go back to the times when we are supposed to be the happiest – our childhood. Perhaps, this was due to some traumatic experience this very man happened to experience in his early age that this fear rooted so deeply in him. Perhaps, this was someone’s picking on or an act of humiliation – the reasons can be different. The thing is that something back on then lowered his self-esteem to the extent that he is still unable to recover and all the more tends to detach from the society.
Psychotherapy is also frequently used for the treatment of social phobia disorder. In cases when the condition is severe and medications are of little help as it is very important to reveal real reasons of a person’s fears, this is the most effective method.
Why is it so important to show a person what the reasons of the way he feels like now were and that all these fears are irrational and destructive? Because it will help him to realize that what was once a childhood experience is not the reason to project it on the rest of the life and suffer from it. Psychotherapy helps to brings confidence in a person and it also provides different techniques of socializing. It gives patters and actual assignments that train a person to deal with panic attacks and a lot of other things.
It is possible to carry out both medical and psychotherapy – in many cases a person benefits even more form such approach. Many former social phobia disorder patients admit that it helped them a lot. However, the most success can be achieved if all the suggested assignments and treatment options are done as they are asked to be done, regularly and willingly.