A List of Mental Symptoms of
Social Anxiety Disorder -
And Why They Take Place
Here's a list of the mental
symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
takes you further into the article to find out why
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|Extreme self focus
||Focus on what to
||Difficulty in thinking
|Limiting beliefs and
||Imagining bad social
|Picturing physical symptoms
||Trying to mind-read
|Black and white thinking
||Negative beliefs about you
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The mental symptoms of social
essentially, bad habits
yourself (being introspective) is a habitual process. Your mind has
become conditioned to do that in social circumstances.
The more you repeat these bad habits, the
stronger they get, and thus the worse the anxiety symptoms get. It's a
nasty, vicious (but harmless) cycle, a bit like picking your
Social Anxiety Disorder Take Place
Let's go through the specific symptoms of
social anxiety disorder, to see why each one would happen:
Extreme focus on the self:
Social anxiety disorder is a dysfunctional
reaction of the subconscious mind, telling the body that there's a
threat. When you feel threatened, your number one priority is your own
safety, so it's natural to switch your focus onto yourself.
Focusing on what to say next:
This is caused by being so worried at the
consequences of the conversation dying, that you're trying too hard to
keep it alive.
Finding it hard to think
because the mind
During bad anxiety there are so many
uncomfortable sensations running around, that it's easy to switch your
attention to them. This distracts you from thinking about what's
happening in the environment around you.
Limiting beliefs &
These develop during the course of your
whole life's experiences, and for so many reasons.
In your early years,
the beliefs and assumptions that your family have are absorbed by you.
This is one possibility.
Black and white thinking is another; whereby
you might think that one or two occurrences of something bad indicate
something permanently bad about you.
Imagining bad outcomes:
Past experiences may have taught you to see
reasons why things will go badly again. It's a habit that can really
gain momentum, and can be difficult to break.
Picturing physical symptoms
is caused by a fear of feeling the
physical social anxiety symptoms, along with
the assumption that others will think
less of you if you show such symptoms.
You picture it because you
believe that you have a lot to lose if it happens.
Imagining what you look like
Attempted mind reading is another technique
used when 'under threat'.
You want to know what the threat might do, so that you can be ready for
it. It's a psychological attempt at self defence, only, in this
situation, it just causes problems.
How To Reduce The Psychological
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
I know 7 ways that you can reduce the
impact of social anxiety on your mind. My article Coping With Social Anxiety's Mental Symptoms
can show you my 7 tips!
You CAN Put A Stop To
Social Anxiety Disorder Altogether
Whilst it may seem like your symptoms will
last forever, they won't IF you decide to take control, and begin overcoming social anxiety.
Your symptoms are merely the result of some
unfortunate behavioural conditioning that has happened to you.
that you can be re-conditioned into new, non-anxious mental
When that happens, SA recedes to the normal
level that most people
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