Keeping up with our personal physical and mental health is an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. What most people often forget is that maintaining active social relationships is nearly as important. Social relationships provide a recreational outlet for us, and the creation of meaningful relationships in our lives allows us to gain insight and experiences that are crucial to the human experience. Sociophobia is a severe social anxiety disorder than may inhibit a person from creating these relationships and, if untreated, will eventually begin to negatively impact our physical and mental health as well.

Common Facts About Sociophobia

The results of struggling with sociophobia can be incredibly damaging to a person’s mental and social health. A fear of being rejected is usually the initial cause of sociophobia, which causes them to avoid most people or populated places. Due to the overwhelming fear of being judged in social situations, a sociophobic person may have trouble in these common scenarios:

  • Introducing themselves or speaking in public.
  • Difficulty in meeting new people or building meaningful relationships.
  • Being observed while they are working may cause them to freeze up or lose focus.
  • Cannot be playfully teased or joked with without becoming abnormally embarrassed.
  • Trouble in being the center of attention, even if surrounded by family and friends.

Treatment of Sociophobia

There are many different therapy options available to anyone who is looking to overcome their sociophobia. Any type of psychotherapy is by far the most popular method for treating a phobia or social anxiety disorder. A person may eventually undergo group therapy methods to get insight on their fear from people who have had similar experiences and conquered them. This process also serves as a gradual reintroduction back into small social groups and interactions. If these treatment methods are ignored and sociophobia is allowed to remain untreated, symptoms can worsen dramatically throughout a lifetime. Even if a person is undergoing successful treatment for their sociophobia, they may initially find discomfort in life without their fear as they have become attached to their feeling of helplessness. However, these symptoms will usually improve once a person is slowly able to reemerge into a social lifestyle. Making meaningful relationships is crucial in this process and will allow your mind to be occupied by more positive thoughts rather than remembering negatives in the past.

These setbacks may seem discouraging but it is important to remember that without any motivation for change, there will be absolutely no chance for improvement. In fact, the only guarantee for sociophobia without treatment is that it will gradually worsen and symptoms will become increasingly dramatic. Professional assistance is recommended but not always necessary; self-help options are also available for overcoming a social phobia and have shown positive results in the past. However, these methods require ample amounts of personal participation and a deep internal desire for change. Consider asking a friend or loved one for help in treatment, self-help or professional, to help provide outside motivation and assistance in overcoming your sociophobia.

If sociophobia is starting to negatively impact your personal life and relationships, it may be time to seek out professional treatment options. A positive internal motivation for change is the most useful tool in overcoming your fear of social interactions and it is never too late to begin treatment.

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