Social Anxiety Therapy – Counselors, Therapists and Coaches in Knoxville
“Why would they ask me!? Don’t they know I’m not the type?”
“You know, Netflix would be much more pleasing than sitting in this corner by myself.”
“Oh no, they’re looking at me. Did they ask me something? Ugh, say something! No, not that!”
“Okay, maybe they didn’t ask me something. I just need to chill out.”
“I wonder what they’re thinking. Maybe they’re secretly talking about me. Do I smell bad?! What am I thinking?! Stop shaking. Calm down. Don’t make a scene or you will get the attention you’re avoiding. Either calm down or sneak out and go home. Maybe if I look the part, I can pretend to be sick. Or I can stop all this sweating and talk to someone…eventually. Maybe. I don’t know. Why am I here?”
Individuals with social anxiety believe all of the questions are merely inside their head — and they are — but what they cannot conceive is how those thoughts could outwardly affect others. Nor are they able to convince themselves to get up and push out of their comfort zone and experience life in a way that is uninhibited by what others think.
Do Not Live to Please Others — Be True to Yourself
Living with social anxiety can be extremely difficult especially when people close to you rely on you for friendship and support. Many people with social anxiety fall fearful of the aforementioned responsibility and it really makes them lose touch of reality and subsequently lose touch with friends and family in the aftermath.
In the United States alone, 3.3 million people are diagnosed with social anxiety disorder (also known as Social Phobia) every year. Among those numbers is a diverse range of age groups, gender and personality types. Social anxiety knows no bounds. It will hold your mind captive if you do not learn how to manage it healthily and properly.
Social anxiety can form physical symptoms in adults, children, men and women alike. Here are a few symptoms to keep an eye out for:
- Inexplicable sense of doom or peril
- Extreme confusion
- Trouble making eye contact
At Thriveworks Counseling in Knoxville, Tennessee, our professionally trained and licensed counselors help provide people with the tools to succeed in their professional and personal lives and the motivation that encourages people to break free from the chains of Phobia and regain their social life.
We help people stand back on their own two feet and manage their social anxiety with proven methods.