Extreme social anxiety

Hi i am 19 years old boy. I am suffering from extreme extreme social anxiety, i dont feel like going out all day only sleeping sleeping i am scared that it will ruin my life and career as well. When i go out i start to shiver a lot, in traffic or in crowded places, only tension builds up on my mind, not able to enjoy life, feel very lonely, unable to concentrate and focus on things, there is an unknown fear of being rejected, humiliated or criticise by the society, life look like wasted, nothing seems good, always a fear of being judged for wrong reasons. Also i lack self respect, esteem and confidence. I cannot understand the world. I am unable to sleep at night.shy in meeting people, girls. Not able to enjoy life. I feel like i cannot do anyrhing in this world. Not able to drive my car. Because i have met up with 3 really bad accidents in past couple of months.i dont know where my mind goes when i am driving. No happiness on my face. Plz plz help me out to get rid out of this phase.
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Sharath Kumar K N Mandya | General Physician
Hello,, social anxiety, or social phobia, is more than just shyness or occasional nerves. With social anxiety disorder, your fear of embarrassing yourself is so intense that you avoid situations that can trigger it. No matter how painfully shy you may be and no matter how bad the butterflies, you can learn to be comfortable in social situations and reclaim your life. Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, involves intense fear of certain social situations—especially situations that are unfamiliar or in which you feel you’ll be watched or judged by others. These social situations may be so frightening that you get anxious just thinking about them or go to great lengths to avoid them. Here are few steps about how to avoid them. 1)Learn to control your breath- Many changes happen in your body when you become anxious. One of the first changes is that you begin to breathe quickly. Learning to slow your breathing down can help you bring your physical symptoms of anxiety back under control. Practicing the following breathing exercise will help you stay calm when you’re the center of attention. 2)Face your fears-One of the most helpful things you can do to overcome social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is to face the social situations you fear rather than avoid them. Avoidance keeps social anxiety disorder going. It is okay to have feelings that cause you anxiety, but if these feelings are bottled up and not addressed it will be increasingly difficult to move past them. Learning to tolerate and address the feelings will help you feel better.3)Build better relationships-Actively seeking out and joining supportive social environments is another effective way of tackling and overcoming social anxiety disorder or social phobia. The following suggestions are good ways to start interacting with others in positive ways: 4)Change your lifestyle-While lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to overcome social phobia or social anxiety disorder, they can support your overall treatment progress. Like avoid too much caffeine, or smoking or any other bad habits. 5)Challenge negative thoughts-It can be incredibly scary to think about why you feel and think the way you do about social situations, but understanding the reasons for your anxieties will help lessen their negative impact on your life. And kindly consult a psychiatrist,,he has solutions for all your problems.
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