Let’s Get Talking: Social Anxiety In Young AdultsJune 6, 2019
Social anxiety can impact a young adult’s life from every angle. It can interfere with their ability to maintain and create meaningful relationships with others. As one who has never had personal experience with social anxiety, it may be difficult to understand the challenges that your loved one struggles with. Social anxiety in young adults is considered a medical condition when everyday social interactions create excessive fear, self-consciousness, and embarrassment in a young adult’s life. Social anxiety can present itself physically, socially, and behaviorally. Here are some signs that could mark the presence of social anxiety in your young adult’s life:
- avoiding situations where the individual feels they may be the center or focus of attention
- fear of being in situations with strangers
- dread concerning how they will be presented to others
- excessive fear of embarrassment and humiliation, being teased and criticized, or other people noticing that a person with social anxiety disorder looks anxious
- a fear of being anxious that makes the anxiety worse
- fear of meeting people in authority
- severe anxiety or panic attacks when experiencing the feared situation
- refraining from certain activities or talking to people because of a fear of embarrassment
- a blank mind in social situations that cause anxiety
The reasons for why social anxiety in young adults occurs may vary. Environmental and genetic factors play a role in the onset of social anxiety.
- Genetic causes: The condition appears to run in families. Genetic links are being explored by scientists. There is ongoing research that attempts to find out how much of this is genetic and how much is acquired.
- Chemicals in the body: Scientists are currently researching which chemicals in the body might promote the development of social anxiety disorder. Serotonin (a brain chemical) may play a key role when levels are not right or if an individual is extremely sensitive.
- Brain structure: Some researchers believe the amygdala in the brain may play a role in fear response. This results in excessive reactions.
- Weather and demographics: Did you know Mediterranean countries have lower rates of social anxiety disorder compared to Scandinavian countries? This could be due to warmer weather as well as a higher population density. Warmer weather may reduce the avoidance of social situations and increase contact with other people. Others suggest that cultural factors may contribute to reduced social anxiety rates.
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