World Humanitarian Day 2018
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We’re all familiar with anxiety—that sense of nervousness and unease that we feel when we’re uncertain—but what about people who are nervous when faced with meeting, talking to and being around others?
Social anxiety disorder, also known as ‘social phobia,’ is estimated to affect 12% of people, and often occurs alongside other issues such as depression, panic disorder and PTSD. It’s an overwhelming fear of social situations.
Social anxiety symptoms include:
It’s more than just being shy, or not wanting to talk to others. It’s a debilitating, often irrational fear, and causes mental health to suffer.
There are three rough categories of signs of social anxiety:
Within these categories, people feel the effects in different ways—some might occasionally feel embarrassed to walk into a new place alone, whereas others are paralysed with fear. As with many mood disorders, it’s a spectrum. But still, all levels of the disorder are important.
If you suspect an employee is suffering from social anxiety, there are some sensitive ways to address this. Remember, everyone is different, and the spectrum of social anxiety causes is vast, including:
Bearing this in mind, it’s a good idea to take a wide approach when considering how to help someone with social anxiety, rather than trying to drill down to their specific triggers.
Social anxiety disorder at work can be hard to deal with, but Health Assured can help. Talk to our wellbeing experts any time 24/7/365 to find out how to better work with those suffering mood disorders.
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