How to cope with phone phobia and social anxiety
We all have experienced different fears in particular periods of our life. Unfortunately some of us seem to be more emotional and experience difficulties when we have to deal with our fears. The most common and severe consequence of this emotional fluctuation is expressed through anxiety and phobias. Even though that some of the fears that people experience may seem really odd to others or even unbelievable, they can be a real burden and often we don’t know how to cope with them.
Social anxiety and phone phobia
Social anxiety is one of the most common anxiety disorders. The statistic show that 13% of adults in USA have experienced social anxiety in their lives. It is a condition which often is mistaken with shyness but it actually goes beyond it. A person who suffers from social anxiety basically experience fear when is among other people and in situations of exposure. Often people with social anxiety fear that they will be embarrassed, they will do something that will be judged by others.
The basic explanation of the so called phone phobia is fear of making or receiving phone calls and this type of phobia is considered to be a type of social anxiety. The level of fear can range as people with phone phobia may feel anxiety when they have to make or receive calls or even when they hear the phone ringing. It is often related to fear of talking with others, feeling that the others are intimidating or threatening. Often phone phobia and anxiety can lead to anxiety attacks or are associated with them. This is due to the fact that in the ground of each phobia lays fear.
Most common symptoms of phone anxiety
Phone phobia may come with a variety of symptoms. Many of the symptoms are also associated with anxiety and anxiety attacks. This can include:
- Nervous stomach
- Sweaty hands
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
What you can do to cope with your phone phobia?
Often like all the people who suffer from anxiety people with phone phobia avoid making or taking phone calls as this causes them a great inconvenience. Unfortunately this type of avoidance and attitude towards the problem only aggravates it. The fear that you will be embarrassed only builds stronger fears in you and traps you in a circle. Even though that all the social phobias and disorders looks like they cannot be overcame actually these are highly treatable conditions. Here are several simple steps that will help you to manage your anxiety when you have to receive or make a phone call.