Social Anxiety can be a common experience for many people in daily life, and is often experienced in situations where some form of perceived judgement from others may be felt. A person may fear being criticised, negatively judged, laughed at or humiliated, even in everyday circumstances. Examples such as speaking in front of groups, a meal out with friends, presenting at school, work or at university, going to unfamiliar social environments or even where there are larger numbers of people. Similar to the other anxiety disorders listed under Services the symptoms can include blushing, excessive perspiration, trembling / shaking, stuttering with speech, or for some, nausea and / or diarrhoea.
A combination of education, relaxation / meditation and exposure therapy has been found to work very well in assisting people in the treatment of social anxiety. The gradual exposure approach, that is developed in conjunction with the client, enables them to change their relationship with their thoughts and feelings about their fear of social situations resulting in better coping and improved quality of life.