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Overcoming Social Anxiety Disorder - The Natural Way

written by: Anurag Ghosh • edited by: Paul Arnold • updated: 9/29/2010

Social anxiety disorder is the unfounded fear that a person experiences when interacting with other people in social situations. The fear can get worse and can even affect daily social life, if not treated early. A natural remedy for social anxiety disorder always helps to overcome your fears.

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    What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

    Do you feel uncomfortable or experience fear interacting with people in social events? Do you avoid dining with your colleagues and friends in a social gathering? If you have that intense unreasonable fear of being watched by others while eating or doing certain things, then you are going through a psychological problem called social anxiety disorder.

    The correct term for social anxiety disorder is social phobia. It is diagnosed when a person feels insecure and anxious in social gatherings, public speaking events and other social situations. The fear starts to persist days, even weeks before the actual event takes place. The most worrying aspect of social anxiety disorder is its interference in your daily social life, in schools, at work and even in normal activities. Around 15 million American adults suffer from social anxiety disorder. It usually begins to interfere in a person’s life during his or her childhood or early adolescence. To avoid this, patients either go for conventional allopathic remedies or a natural remedy for social anxiety disorder.

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    Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms and Causes

    When people suffer from social phobia, they do show some physical signs such as palpitation, too much sweating, trembling, nausea, diarrhea etc.

    While there may be many causes of social anxiety disorders including chemical imbalances and genetic factors, the real cause of social anxiety disorder is yet to be found out and is under research. Social phobia in children can be due to many other contributing factors such as fear of separation from parents when a child attends his or her first kindergarten and trauma or stress.

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    Is There any Natural Remedy for Social Anxiety Disorder?

    It is true that many people diagnosed with social anxiety disorder know their fears are unfounded or unreasonable, but they do not know how to overcome it. While medications or psychotherapy are some of the best treatments to help overcome social phobia, there are few simple and natural remedies for social anxiety disorder:

    Common natural remedies including Lavender and lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis) is recommended in combination with psychotherapy. They can aid in overcoming social phobia without any disturbing reactions or side-effects. Lemon balm and lavender makes you feel relaxed, calm nerves and alleviate any stress.

    However, the best form of natural remedy for social anxiety disorder is CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is very effective in overcoming different types of phobias including social phobia. Recently, a new approach called CBGT or Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy allows patients to role-play in a group to overcome fear social situations.

    Practicing deep breathing exercises can make you feel comfortable. These techniques can be employed in situations where you experience fear or anxiety.

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    A Self Test for Social Anxiety Disorder is the Best Way to Know Your Fears

    Self tests tools can be very reliable and accurate tools that can help reveal any symptoms associated with social anxiety disorder. This can help a patient and a psychotherapist to diagnose it. There are many online self test tools, but the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) self test is well perceived by many patients and doctors. You can also try Markway.com and take an anxiety quiz to know your fears.

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