SOCIAL ANXIETY

Study Into Effectiveness Of Online CBT For Social Anxiety In Young People

A research study (Spense et al., 2011) published in JAMA Psychiatry was conducted to assess the effectiveness of online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), facilitated by professionally qualified psychologists, in children and young people between the ages of ten years and seventeen years. A total of 103 children and young people participated in the study. The …

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The Science Behind How Exercise Reduces Anxiety

  It is becoming increasingly well known how the body is intrinsically connected to symptoms of PTSD and complex PTSD, and, accordingly, the vital role of physical therapies in helping to ameliorate these conditions. Indeed, in the UK, more and more doctors are prescribing interventions such as free gym memberships in order to help treat …

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Is Your Attachment Style Preoccupied, Dismissing or Fearful?

According to Bowlby, if we bonded with our mother or primary carer in infanthood/early childhood in a healthy way so that strong bonds of love and trust developed between us then we, as adults, will develop a SECURE ATTACHMENT STYLE. However, if the reverse is true, Bowlby suggested that we are far more likely to …

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Childhood Trauma, Social Anxiety And The Spotlight Effect

  I have written elsewhere on this website about how, if we experienced significant and protracted childhood trauma, we are at increased risk of developing social anxiety in adulthood. This is especially the case if we have been constantly criticized and denigrated during childhood by our parents / primary caretakers and we have internalized their …

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Why Complex PTSD Sufferers May Avoid Eye Contact

    Steuwe et al. (2014) was conducted to cast light upon why many with individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including those suffering from complex-PTSD, often find it excruciatingly uncomfortable every time the rules of social etiquette compel them to make eye to eye contact with another human being (I, myself once attempted …

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Trauma Linked To Social Anxiety, Self-Consciousness And Isolation

  Childhood Trauma And Social Isolation: If, as a result of our childhood trauma, we develop, in adulthood, mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, we are at greater risk than average of becoming socially isolated. Indeed, I have written elsewhere on this site about how, for several …

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Childhood Emotional Neglect And Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD)

The Link Between Childhood Emotional Neglect And Avoidant Personality Disorder : It is thought that about 2-3% of individuals within the U.S. suffer from an avoidant personality disorder (AvPD). This disorder can often be linked to childhood emotional neglect. Those who suffer from the disorder tend to be preoccupied with the faults and failings they …

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Insecure As Child? Were You Suffering From Separation Anxiety?

Separation Anxiety And The Insecure Child When I was twelve years old I went on a French exchange with my school. This involved me staying with a French family for a fortnight. Although they were all perfectly nice people (from what I could make out from my extremely limited ability to communicate with them) I …

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Childhood Trauma : Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD).

    If our experiences of relationships in childhood are largely negative and painful, in extreme cases, we may develop social phobia as adults, or, in even more severe cases, avoidant personality disorder (AvPD). What is AvPD? APD is similar to generalized social phobia, but of greater intensity. The person who suffers from it tries to avoid …

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