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Anxiety & Social Phobia

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‘What and if are two words as non-threatening as words can be, but put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life’

It’s never easy feeling alone but whatever it is you are battling with, I can assure you, you are far from alone. Nicholas Sparks once said:

‘When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realise that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through’ 

In a strange way, it is comforting to know there are other people in the same boat as you whether you know them or not. There is always someone there to talk to. Anxiety and social phobia are both vicious battles that some people have to endure every day, however understanding and distinguishing the difference isn’t easy.

Anxiety is categorised as a chronic mental health condition and is a disorder in which you are said to do anything in your power to avoid situations that are distressing to you. You also avoid going back to a place that triggers those feelings. Conversely, social phobia is considered to be when a person feels nervous about a particular occasion such as a job interview or a date.

Shocking and worrying research shows that only 1 in 3 people receive help. Although there are costly treatments like psychological counselling and medication, they aren’t always suitable for the individual but that should not mean they are forgotten about.

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