Argumentative Essay On Social Anxiety

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Social Anxiety
Do you often feel scared to talk to a person of authority or even a peer? Do you tremble and blush when you are forced to talk to someone new? Do you constantly worry about doing or saying something “stupid” so you just don’t say anything at all? These are common warning signs of Social Anxiety Disorder-or SAD- and if you said yes to any of those questions, you just might have it. Joseph Bennington-Castro, author of the article What is Social Anxiety Disorder?, defines social anxiety as, “an anxiety disorder characterized by a strong, persistent fear of being judged by others, and by frequent feelings of embarrassment.” People like to confuse SAD with shyness or other anxiety disorders, but it is completely different.
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The first step is noticing some warning signs when your child is very young. SAD frequently goes unnoticed because kids are themselves in the comfort of their own homes and parents never get calls from the school about misbehavior so they are very oblivious to SAD (Albano). Joseph Bennington-Castro, author of the article What is Social Anxiety Disorder?, says that “according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 36% of people with SAD live with symptoms for 10 years before seeking help.” Many parents and families can’t recognize that there might be a problem until their child has withdrawn from activities and has stopped hanging out with their peers (Albano). Anne Marie Albano, PHD claims that, “by this point, the child may be experiencing extreme isolation and is falling behind developmentally and academically.” Some symptoms of social anxiety include: blushing in social situations, sweating, shaking, rapid heartbeat, headache, lightheadedness, and muscle tension (Bennington-Castro). A few warning signs are if your child is uncomfortable talking to teachers and peers, if they avoid eye contact and speak quietly or mumble while talking to others, if they worry excessively about doing or saying something “dumb” or “stupid”, and if they are withdrawing from activities and want to spend more time at home (Albano). The child also might avoid situations like parties, …show more content…
In this therapy, the psychologist finds out why the certain person has anxiety about the situation that they are in and they challenge the patient’s thinking patterns (Khazan). The psychologist starts by having the patient talk in front of the group, then they move on to public situations (Khazan). Once in public situations, the psychologist forces the patient to say something to another person that they wouldn’t normally say, for example: the patient would go up to a random person in public and ask for their number (Khazan). It is a very effective method, but it takes a lot of time

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