More than half of people with social anxiety, or social phobia, are unaware of their condition, according to research from the University of Bath.
Social anxiety can affect a person’s ability to think, feel and interact with others, and can be difficult to manage.
It’s not clear why people with the condition are less likely to seek help and what it might mean for their health.
Dr David Deakin, a professor of psychiatry at the University’s College of Medicine, said: “The social anxiety disorders affect around 10 per cent of the population, and about a third of people who are suffering from it don’t seek treatment or don’t understand why they’re feeling that way.”
They’re struggling with the same things that people with anxiety do – fear, worry, social phobias, difficulty concentrating.
“And that’s the problem, because they’re not aware of what’s going wrong with their condition.”
“We think social anxiety is a complex condition that requires a lot of work and that the underlying causes are not understood.”
“People with social phobic disorder may have a feeling that others have a sense of their worth and value, and they are very worried about this.”
We also know that they tend to have lower levels of self-esteem and a lack of confidence.
“The research shows that social anxiety has been around for centuries and we think it’s a consequence of a number of social factors, but it’s also a consequence that can be improved.”‘
No way to tell’ if you have social anxietyWhat is social anxiety?
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a mental health condition that affects around 10 to 15 per cent in the UK.
It’s caused by a lack or inability to recognise one’s own feelings, and feelings of others.
People who suffer from SAD are also often unable to express their feelings effectively.
People with SAD may feel anxious about social situations, such as meeting new people, or meeting people they know well.
They may also feel anxious around their appearance, because of body image issues, or for fear of social rejection.
People who suffer social phophobia may feel unable to recognise their own feelings of worth and respect, and that they are being judged unfairly.
People often struggle to explain what’s happening to them.
Social phobics may also have difficulty expressing feelings of distress and worry, and might have difficulty accepting that they have a condition.
People suffering from social anxiety have trouble understanding what’s real and what’s not, or how they feel about themselves.
“It’s a lot harder to identify social phobe’s than to identify those who have social phones,” said Dr Deakin.
“There’s no way to really tell who has social phobos and who doesn’t.”
But I think we do know that there’s a large population who are in the midst of social phoblias and that social phophobia is one of the major causes.
“Social phobic is an umbrella term for individuals who have an aversion to social interactions, or feel they are unable to connect with others.
Dr Deakin said: ‘Social phobia’ is the term people use to describe individuals who experience social anxiety and social avoidance.”
Social phobe are those people who have a strong, negative attachment to the concept of social connection and social meaning.””
That’s a very distinct condition from social phosophobe, but there are similarities.
“People who have this condition are likely to have social anxieties, but they may not necessarily feel they have an underlying condition.”
Social anxiety is also known as social avoidance, social anxiety disorder or social anxiety illness.
People affected by social phoobics are also more likely to:be fearful of new social situationsBeing social phocies have difficulty feeling confident in their own social identityAvoiding social situationsSocial phobic individuals are more likely than non-phobic individuals to feel insecure in social situations and feel powerless in their relationships.
“These individuals have a high likelihood of experiencing a range of negative experiences, from feelings of isolation and loneliness to social anxiety,” said Deakin and the study’s lead author, Dr David Koo.
“As such, they are likely have some difficulty dealing with social situations as they are, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself.”
“This is not an individual disease.
It is a disorder that affects individuals, and people with it have a range to it.”
If someone with social disorder has problems with social interaction, or the ability to connect socially with others and feel valued, they may benefit from the support of a therapist.””
If the person is able to recognise that their feelings are genuine and relate to other people, and feel they deserve to be treated with compassion and understanding, then they may also benefit from social support.
“Dr Deakins study also found that people who had a strong social phodobia were more likely not to seek treatment for their condition.”
Some people with SAA tend to be socially awkward and they may feel