Lifestyle · Mental Health

What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Hey All, 

It’s your girl Shan. 

I’ve done a few What Is posts please check them out. 

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder? (BPD)

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Today topic is SAD(Social Anxiety Disorder

What is social anxiety disorder? 

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is a long-lasting and overwhelming fear of social situations. – NHS website. 

Who can get social anxiety? 

Anyone. Any age. But usually is develops when you are an teenager, I first noticed the symptoms when I was 14 and it got more worse. I was trapped inside my house for a year before I started to step outside. Some people it gets better as they get older, although for many it doesn’t go away on its own. 

The symptoms of social anxiety disorder

  • Chest Pain 
  • Chest Tightness. 
  • Stiffness of muscles.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Dry mouth. 
  • Dizziness. 
  • Blushing.
  • Sweating. 
  • Headaches.
  • Shakes. 
  • Fear criticism.
  • Avoid eye contact. 
  • Finding it difficult to do things when others are watching. 
  • Fear of being judged. 
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Avoiding social activities.
  • Worrying that you are embarrassing yourself when you aren’t. 

Treatments for SAD 

  • CBT.(Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) 
  • Using fear fighter course. (NHS Beta Website)
  • Medication(Antidepressant).
  • Psychotherapy.
  • Support groups.(Anxiety UK, Social Anxiety UK) 

The stigma what is attached to this illness is awful.. 

Stigma what is attached to SAD 

  • You wuss. 
  • You’re just shy. 
  • You weirdo. 
  • Just have a little drink you’ll be ok. 
  • You are just lazy that’s why you don’t want to go out. 
  • Anxiety isn’t a real illness. You are lying about it. 
  • You could just snap out of it if you actually tried. 

Social Anxiety Disorder isn’t anyones fault.

Just so you know, it’s okay not to be okay you know, even the happiest person in the universe has their bad days. You can get through this dark hole. I believe in you. 

You are loved. You are worth the fight. You are more than your illnesses, you can fight this I believe in you. You are flawless. You are fabulous. You aren’t alone. You are amazing and I’m proud of you all. 

You can beat these thoughts. I believe in you. I will always be there for you even if it’s on the internet or email or even in person one day.  You are loved. You are needed in this world because you are YOU. You are badass for battling mental illness daily. I care about every single one of you. You are more than enough. You don’t need to please anyone else. God Bless x

Here is some numbers to contact if you are expierencing a mental health crisis: 

Samaritians- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week: 

Call this number – 116 123 

Email address is 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men!  5pm to midnight every day.

Call this number: 0800 58 58 58 

Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat

Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm. 

Phone number: 0800 068 41 41 

Text Number: 07786 209697


Childline- For children and young people under 19. 

Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill) 

The Silver Line- For older people 

Call: 0800 4 70 80 90 

In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433

In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14

In other countries- Visit ISAP OR to find a helpline in your country. 

Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK: 

  1. Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment. 
  2. Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need. 
  3. Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one. 

Love from Shannon Diana xx 


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