What is Social Anxiety Disorder?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, social anxiety disorder is a mental health condition marked by “an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear can affect work, school, and your other day-to-day activities. It can even make it hard to make and keep friends.”
While it is normal to experience nervousness at times, social anxiety disorder is different. It is chronic and persistent and can interfere with your work and social life. It’s important to know that if you have social anxiety, you are not alone. Roughly 15 million people experience it; that’s 6.8% of the population of the United States. But just because social anxiety is common, it doesn’t mean you have to live with it.
Signs and Symptoms of Social Anxiety
Anxiety can manifest in both emotional and physical ways, and not everyone will experience it in the same manner.
Some common emotional symptoms of social anxiety include:
- Excessive self consciousness in social situations
- Intense worry in the hours or days leading up to a social activity
- Extreme fear of being judged by other people
- Fear of humiliating yourself
- Fear of other people knowing you are nervous
You may also experience these physical symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Upset stomach
- Trembling or shaking
- Racing heartbeat
While you may have resigned yourself to dealing with these symptoms, you don’t have to accept social anxiety as part of your life – especially if they have started to interfere with your ability to enjoy time with friends or family, or your ability to perform at work.
When Social Anxiety Becomes a Problem
While it’s common for people to experience mild and occasional bouts of anxiety about social situations, sometimes it becomes a bigger issue. Do you spend social gatherings worrying or overthinking, instead of enjoying yourself? Do you find yourself avoiding social situations altogether, as much as you’d like to see your friends and family? Do you stress about work or social events for the days – or even weeks – leading up to them? If your social anxiety is interfering with your life, it’s time to take action.
Tips for Coping with Social Anxiety
There are several things you can do to try to quell your social anxiety, both before and during social situations:
- Make a plan: know where you will you be, who you will talk to, and bring a close friend if possible
- Have an escape route: bring your own car, or remind yourself that you can take an Uber or Lyft to leave whenever you are ready to go
- Try getting some exercise before the event, to burn off steam and release stress
- Try deep, slow breathing
- Challenge your own thinking: If you are prone to catastrophizing, ask yourself, “How likely is that to happen?” “What if it does?” “How can I handle it?” “What is more likely to happen instead?”
- Don’t be too hard on yourself: take a moment to reflect on your previous successes in social situations. Try not to dwell on any negative experiences from the past.
What to do if you Need More Help
If none of those methods are working to curb your social anxiety, you may think that your only other option is start taking an anti-anxiety medication. While it’s understandable that you want an easy solution, drugs are not the only way to feel better.
Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared medical device proven to treat anxiety quickly, safely, and effectively. Nine out of 10 users experience clinically significant results; for many people, relief is immediate and can stop anxiety in its tracks. And since Alpha-Stim is not a drug, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
How can CES help?
Alpha-Stim is a cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device. This means that it delivers a tiny and painless current of electricity to the brain to restore balance to your brainwaves. Mood conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia are all controlled by your body’s central nervous system. The billions of individual cells that comprise the nervous system communicate every sensation by conducting electrochemical signals between the cells in your body and brain.
When this communication becomes disrupted, your mood is thrown out of balance.
The patented Alpha-Stim waveform modulates the brain cells’ signals to return to baseline, normal functioning—significantly reducing your anxiety without the use of medication. The current is delivered through two small electrodes that clip onto your earlobes; treatments last just 20 minutes and can be done in the comfort of your own home. It’s the perfect way to find a state of calm before heading to your next event.
Does it really work?
Not only does Alpha-Stim work, it is more effective than medication at bringing relief from anxiety. Decades of experience and more than 100 clinical research studies have proven that Alpha-Stim is the gold standard for anxiety treatment. You can read all of the research here; but perhaps just as important are the stories from real people whose lives have been improved by Alpha-Stim.
How to get started
There is no need to be among the 36% of people who deal with their social anxiety symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help. You can get started today and live your best, fullest life. You’ll need a prescription in the United States, although Alpha-Stim is available over the counter in countries.
Don’t let anxiety steal another moment of enjoyment. Try Alpha-Stim and let nothing stop you.
Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.
The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries. Get started today!