How Does Social Phobia / Anxiety Evolve?
If untreated, it is difficult for
Social Phobia to disappear.
Its tendency is to increase the degree of
anxiety, to extend to other situations and,
after some years, to stabilize in view of social isolation.
Social Anxiety Disorder generally starts in late
adolescence, following Shyness
which may have had its onset in
childhood. Oftentimes, the adult can
recall her childhood spontaneity and when
Shyness set in.
It is common for Social Anxiety Disorder
symptoms to start appearing after an
Unpleasantness is not necessarily connected to objective elements in a situation, but to how that situation is perceived by a person. For instance, if a shy teenage boy,
in a group of age peers from
both sexes, hears from someone that "you're lousy to talk to" and, at the
same time, sees other boys shooting the breeze lively among themselves
and with the girls, he may feel deeply humiliated, realize how far he is
from his social ambition and see much meanness in the remark he just
heard. This experience could lead to deep bitterness for days on end. For
the rest of his life, he may recall this day as a watershed. As a resulot of a bad
experience such as this, the symptoms may start slowly appearing.
Anxiety Attacks in
Social Anxiety Disorder / Social Phobia