Posts tagged ‘sad’

January 3, 2012

Cure For Social Anxiety: Just Get Out There and Socialize! If Only It Were That Easy

by Dave P.

I just watched a video of a popular doctor who was talking about how to get over social anxiety. Her advice was to just go to a lot of parties and socialize as much as possible, and eventually, she said, “you’ll get over it.”

Well, it’s not quite that easy. Going to a social event can have the opposite effect and actually increase a person’s social anxiety.

Going to social events is difficult for people with SAD, often because they suffer from low self-esteem. They’ll go to an event and their anxiety will make it difficult to connect with other people there, and it’s likely they’ll feel rejected. Anxiety also acts as a people repellent, which exacerbates the problem.

When low self-esteem is the root of the problem, only raising that person’s self-esteem can solve the problem.