You maybe wondering right about now, what exactly is social phobia. Don’t worry I was wondering the same thing, when the doctor wrote on that paper that’s what I suffer from. It all started about 10 years ago, right after I had my daughter. I guess now it makes since, I stopped working and became a stay at home mom. Although, I loved every minute of it, I now wish I had stayed in the work force.
Social Phobia, also know as a social anxiety disorder. This disorder is when a person becomes overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations.Those that suffer from social anxiety disorder have a fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear often becomes so powering that it interferes with their everyday activities. Even shopping can be a challenge.
I always new there was something wrong with me, I thought it was just anxiety, I would have never labeled myself as one with “Social Phobia”. After the doctor stated that is what she thought I had, I came home and started reading up on it, and everything points to that. After my daughter was about 3 I finally went back into the work force, this only lasted about 3 years. During my time working, I would have many panic attacks, I worked as a merchandiser. I honestly loved the job, because of the freedom, however, I felt I was always being watched. This lead to many times me feeling like I was about to pass out.
Some other symptoms I experience when I am put in a situation where I feel overwhelmed, I start feeling sick to my stomach, and I usually end up having to go to the bathroom. This plays a huge role in my life, and with certain things, I am unable to do that I would love to do.
Social Phobia affects roughly 15 million American adults a lone. I can only imagine how many it affects worldwide. Evidence shows that genetics may play a roll in this disorder. Social Phobia is often misdiagnosed as well.
If you feel you suffer from social phobia, I urge you to get in and see a doctor. Social Phobia can be treated, and I am currently receiving treatment, I hope in time I will over come this fear. I am tired of it interfering with my life.