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10 Must Know Symptoms of a Social Anxiety Disorder Explained

10 Must Know Symptoms of a Social Anxiety Disorder Explained

it's been this nasty little rumor going
around over on Twitter that social anxiety is not a real thing so I thought
what the hell let's get back to the origins of this channel and let's talk
some mental health what is up everybody this is Chris from the rewired soul
where we talk about the problem but focus on the solution and if you new to
my channel I am somebody who is very passionate about mental health I have
somebody who has a lot of personal experience with anxiety depression
addiction and other issues and I like to make videos about that so if you're into
that stuff make sure you subscribe and bring that notification bell but before
I get started full disclaimer I am NOT a licensed professional like I said I have
somebody who has a lot of experience with this I have worked at an addiction
treatment center where we specialized in dual diagnosis where I taught groups and
I met with clients in a one-on-one fashion but if you're struggling with
social anxiety anxiety depression or any sort of mental illness please please
please do yourself a favor go out and get help I might do some videos on my
own personal struggles with social anxiety because I'm somebody who had
crippling social anxiety and through different coping skills and therapy and
things like that I now can speak in front of audiences of
over a hundred people no problem I can make this you know YouTube channel grow
by making videos and everything like that so if you wanna hear my story about
dealing with social anxiety in my stores let me know down in the comments below
anyways there will be some resources down in the description and in the pin
comment if you're somebody struggling with social anxiety but you're always
more than welcome to go talk to your doctor call your insurance company and
see what they can recommend alright so like I said in this title in this video
we are going to be talking about the must know signs and symptoms of social
anxiety disorder alright so what is this what is this little guy I have here so
although I am NOT a licensed therapist anybody can pick one of these things up
this is the DSM the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual this is the book that
is used by mental health professionals medical professionals
to list symptoms of various disorders now basically like when you're listening
symptoms like it's I I don't agree with the idea that we should put people in a
box of like just a diagnosis but what this is this is kind of a tool that
mental health and medical professionals can use to see like what kind of
symptoms are struggling with so they can help give you the best treatment path
possible right so I'm gonna be going over the various symptoms of social
anxiety disorder as listed by the diagnostic Statistical Manual number
five I think they're working on number six which should be coming out this year
the next year all right so symptom number one mark fear or
anxiety about one or more social situations in which the individual is
exposed to possible scrutiny by others so yeah usually with all of these
disorders in the DSM you have to meet a certain amount for a certain period of
time to even get diagnosed with one of these but this this first one is talking
about having like an intense fear or anxiety in a situation where people
might judge you right so that's why you know going to parties might be an issue
public speaking might be an issue going out in public might be an issue because
of that overwhelming fear that you're gonna be judged symptom number two the
individual fears that he or she will act in a way or show anxiety symptoms that
will night be negatively evaluated so what that's saying is anxiety is a bunch
of fat traps right so by worrying about what people are thinking about you
you develop symptoms of anxiety which then in turn you're worried about people
noticing those symptoms of anxiety and therefore judging you even more like
with a lot of different forms of mental illness like there's a lot of different
thought traps that we can get stuck in which ends up making it worse if we do
not get help symptom number three the social situations almost always provoke
fear or anxiety so what this is saying it's like this isn't just like some
random deal right it's not just when you're
public speaking it's not just when you know you have to do something like that
like this is something that is regular when you're going into social situations
symptom number four the social situations are avoided or endured with
intense fear or anxiety yes yes yes a lot of people who struggle with social
anxiety they isolate they isolate a lot and I've done videos in the past about
how it's it's this thing that makes it even worse so what I'm saying is is when
you isolate and you don't want to go out with friends or the social situations
because of your social anxiety it ends up creating more anxiety because based
on evolutionary psychology we know as people we are meant to connect with
others when we are further from their tribe we end up getting more anxious
okay so if you're avoiding social situations because of this fear that's
one of the symptoms next symptom the fear or anxiety is out of proportion to
the actual threat posed by the social situation and to the socio-cultural
context so what this is saying it's like anxiety is part of our limbic system
okay your amygdala is responsible for your fight flight or freeze okay this is
the most powerful part of the brain because it's what helped us survive back
in the caveman days it helped us avoid like things that were life-threatening
so what this is saying is your social anxiety is disproportionate to the
situation like you feel if you go to a party or if you speak in public you will
die all right that is what your mind is telling you because your amygdala is
firing off stress hormone saying yo Danger Danger Danger okay so it is out
of proportion like the chances of you like going and doing like I'm some
public speaking and like a mob just coming in like you know it's just like
rushing you or something like that is not realistic but one of the symptoms is
that you're afraid of that alright next symptom the fear anxiety or avoidance is
persistent typically lasting for six months or more so this is a
right so it's not just like just one occasion or one off like this is
something that's ongoing you've been isolating for months you've
been avoiding situations for months you keep making excuses at work about why
you can't do presentations or maybe it's like you're in school and you have to do
some speaking there and you keep avoiding this for six months or more
next symptom the feel anxiety or avoidance causes clinically significant
distress or impairment in social occupational or other important areas of
functioning so because of what you're dealing with with social anxiety it is
affecting your life all right so it is affecting your work like for example if
you get fired because part of your job is speaking in front of groups that's an
issue or if part of your job is going out and meeting with clients and things
like that be a social anxiety so it's drawing you back from it and it's
causing issues with your work that's a problem if it's causing issues in your
relationship because maybe you're your boyfriend or girlfriend or husband or
wife or whoever your significant other is is inviting you out to social
situations and you keep avoiding them it's affecting your relationships and
that's one of the things about mental illness as a whole is that it starts to
affect different aspects of your life like if you're wondering if you need
therapy like that's where you need to look at like how is it negatively
affecting important things in my life how is it preventing me from growing
right because something that you know I always wanted to do since I got sober
and everything like I wanted to help people I wanted to speak in front of
audiences whether it was you know working at the treatments that are doing
this YouTube channel so my social anxiety used to hold me back from
something that I'm really passionate about
next up them the fear anxiety or avoidance is not attributed to the
physiological effects of a substance or another medical condition okay this is
huge so just see you know like in most cases in most cases you cannot get
properly diagnosed with any mental illness if you're abusing substances
like there's a reason why they're called mind-altering substances okay so what
this is saying is like it is null and void if you're only
while you're getting high for example I'm actually recording this on 4/20 I
haven't smoked since I got sober so it's been like over seven years but whenever
I smoked weed I would get extremely paranoid and extremely anxious so they
couldn't diagnose me with social anxiety disorder if I was smoking weed because
smoking weed always made me anxious alright so the next symptom is the fear
anxiety or avoidance is not better explained by the symptoms of another
mental disorder such as panic disorder body dysmorphic disorder or autism
spectrum disorder so one of the difficult things about diagnosing any
mental illness at all just from my experience talking with others and
research that I've done is mental illness is extremely difficult to
diagnose because so many things overlap and that's what it's talking about
so if you've been diagnosed with let's say autism spectrum disorder there are
many people who struggle with autism spectrum disorder who struggle with
social anxiety as well because part of that disorder is having difficulties
reading social cues so going into social situations can then lead to social
anxiety so if you have autism spectrum disorder that's the primary diagnosis
and secondary you might also struggle with some social anxiety but they would
diagnose you with autism spectrum disorder
rather than social anxiety disorder alright and the last and final symptom
is if another medical condition for example Parkinson's disease obesity
disfigurement from burns or injury is persistent the fear anxiety or avoidance
is clearly unrelated or as excessive alright so what that's saying is is it
can be possible that your anxiety is because of your physical appearance I'm
so like obesity or if you have some kind of like injury or Birds or
like that and that's what is stemming from but it also mentions body
dysmorphic disorder which is really important because body dysmorphic
disorder is you are not seeing yourself as other people are seeing you so for
example in a different world where I was much skinnier and I imagined I was this
big I've had social anxiety around how I looked but that was part of my body
dysmorphic disorder alright so anyways I hope this helps explain what social
anxiety disorder is the signs of the symptoms if you can relate to these
symptoms do not diagnose yourself never ever ever diagnose yourself go see a
mental health professional attack your doctor find a therapist talk to a
psychologist a psychiatrist talk to your insurance company see who they can
recommend do something get help if you know that you need help with your social
anxiety like just call up a therapist set an appointment there is help like I
cannot stress to you enough I'm somebody who used to struggle with social anxiety
that was absolutely crippling and now like it is 99.9% gone so if I can get
through it you can get through a tube but it took work alright again there are
some resources down in the description below is there any other topics you want
me to talk about in regards to social anxiety please let me know I am going to
do one on public speaking and some tips and tools behind that because I had to
do a lot for my own mental health to be able to public speak alright but anyways
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29 thoughts on “10 Must Know Symptoms of a Social Anxiety Disorder Explained

  1. If you're struggling with social anxiety and mental health, give online therapy a try: https://tryonlinetherapy.com/rewiredsoul

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  2. I only feel like i might have social anxiety cause ik im dumb and sometimes i dont even know what to say. I always surprise myself when i end up keeping a convo going for a few hrs especially with a group of people. I fear of coming across as boring or quiet when i be extroverted at times and ive relied on adderal b4 to get through certain social situations.

  3. Good video dude, anxiety is something I’ve had for 8 years now. It’s so annoying that I truly know that I shouldn’t be feeling anxious right now but my chest is going mental anyway. Even though I’m self aware, it’s like it’s got a mind of its own. Quite frustrating

  4. Please make a video on how you overcame it. I’m trapped. Xanax is the only thing that makes me seem semi-normal. It hurts not having any friends – literally.

  5. I have been diagnosed with it. If I'm in a meeting at work (I'm an office worker) no one would notice, but afterwards if I go to the bathroom, I need to towel-off all the torso perspiration. Also, it have contributed to my alcohol abuse.
    Chris, you seem sooooo extroverted that I would never guess you had social anxiety. In your video you asked us if we would like to hear your recovery stories. I would love for you to share please!

  6. I'm curious to know where the line is drawn between Social Anxiety Disorder and Avoidant Personality Disorder.

  7. thank you Chris, for once again stepping out of that prison bubble others have tried to put you in..Your message helps so many and is needed to much to ever be silenced. Great video.

  8. So the only time I feel extreme anxiety is when I'm at the movie theater. It's so bad that I can never finish a movie I just leave halfway throughout the movie. So for 4yrs now I've just avoided going to the movies even though I really want to go 😫

    It's not that big of a deal but i do wish I could just go and watch a movie like normal people do.
    I just have to wait till the movies are out for streaming.

  9. I don’t understand why you get hate. You’re such a nice person and are just trying to help other people.

  10. WOO ANXIETY AWESOME jk it sucks

    Edit I have a story: one time I broke down on the bus cry and ** and that made me anxious which made me cry more and made me more anxious and it was a continous loop until I got off the bus

  11. Common, under-estimated, and often found alongside other mental health conditions like generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, agoraphobia and depression.

  12. Once again another great video!!! I have struggled with crippling social anxiety for many many years of my life so this video really touched home for me! I am dual diagnosed so I actually get a lot out of almost all your videos. Focusing on the solution like always ♡ I have worked with a psychiatrist and therapist for many years and I am happy to say I am kicking my social anxieties butt and have been for quite some time now. I just cant imagine you ever having this problem , you seem like you are such a great people person, so bubbly and full of life and in my eyes giving others hope! Very helpful too! Would love to know how you personally worked through yours!! Public speaking on the other hand.. yikes!! Cant wait for that video ♡♡

  13. I've never been diagnosed, so I am not going to say I officially have it. I do have basically all the symptoms though. I didn't use to, but developed them in the last 7 or 8 years. The thought of being around people, makes me extremely upset and want to throw up. I don't want people talking to me or looking at me. I'm scared of them hurting me in some way… mostly physically.

  14. I have agoraphobia. I leave my house maybe once or twice a year. No one chooses to be like this. Thank you for doing this video, Chris.

  15. It’s very real and has destroyed so many opportunities for me to better myself… it’s a prison you can’t even begin to explain

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