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Do You Feel Anxious in Social Situations?

Social Anxiety, also known as Social Phobia, can make you feel on edge and anxious before and during social situations; so much so, that you avoid certain social situations, and withdraw or talk excessively during social gatherings.

Getting social anxiety treatment from a psychologist in Melbourne will help you overcome your anxiety. At Peaceful Mind Psychology, we use the latest research to provide you with the best therapy and outcomes.

We are situated just outside of the city centre in Armadale. It is easy to find us; there is plenty of parking and we are also easy to get to on public transport. We also offer after-hours appointments, including on weekends.

What is Social Anxiety?

Social Anxiety is a specific type of anxiety; people with Social Anxiety fear being judged, criticised or ridiculed by others. Consequently, this can lead to feeling embarrassed, humiliated or dejected. 

Social anxiety is perfectly natural in different situations; for example, it is normal to feel nervous before going on a first date or speaking publicly at a friend’s wedding or birthday. However, when Social Anxiety is persistent and you avoid social events or engage in behaviours that feel somewhat protective (e.g. using your phone to avoid talking), you may be experiencing Social Anxiety Disorder.

Some of the symptoms of social anxiety include:

  • fearing upcoming social events or gatherings
  • feeling anxious during social situations
  • critiquing how you behave after a social event
  • avoiding certain social situations
  • pre-planning upcoming social events, including ways to minimise anxiety
  • perceiving being judged by others
  • physical symptoms, such as a rapid heart rate, flushing or sweating
  • fear of voicing your opinions or asking for help
  • trying very hard to be likable