You have an anxiety disorder when you fear situations or places so badly that you avoid these things altogether or feel extreme discomfort when dealing with these situations or places. One common type of anxiety disorder is social anxiety disorder, which is also referred to as social phobia. There are internal and external symptoms, which might include a powerful and unyielding fear of a social situation, sweating, shaking, voice cracking, and many others during social events. Typically this disorder becomes a serious problem when work, school, and other social situations are interfered with by the disorder.
There are established methods to find relief from this disorder. The first step is to understand your goals with finding relief from the disorder. Next figure out how quickly you would like relief from the disorder. The quickest relief is medication, but the problem with medication is that you have not tackled the problem at the source of your anxiety. In my personal experience medication solved the problem almost immediately within days after taken it, but the attacks were still there, it got to the point of increasing dosages but when I decided to tackle the source of the problem I was able to control the anxiety without medication. To take on the source of your anxieties you must take command of your thinking process, which can be done with a therapist using cognitive restructuring techniques. You can also train yourself to respond differently to anxiety by training yourself to have calm physical responses by using muscle relaxation, deep breathing, positive thinking, etc. The most important part is to be consistent, you must work at this problem every day even if only for five minutes. To put this in perspective your anxieties were not always with you but through consistent negative responses, and thoughts those anxieties became part of you which lead increased strength of your anxiety. The point is that you must match the consistency of practice, therapy, or medication with the same consistency of negative responses and thoughts that developed the problem.
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