How to manage social anxiety disorder
The social dilemma has been around for years, but now a new research study finds it can be managed.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have found that people who have social anxiety can benefit from taking part in community-based programs to help them overcome their symptoms.
“The social anxiety spectrum is not limited to individuals who have severe social anxiety,” Dr. Michael Leighton, one of the study’s authors, said in a press release.
“It affects individuals of all ages and all cultures.
It can affect people of all socio-economic status, and it’s been associated with many health conditions.
In this study, we sought to identify how to best manage social anxious disorder in young people and adolescents.”
The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, found that young people with social anxiety disorders had more symptoms, were more likely to have mental health problems and were more prone to substance use, all of which can lead to health problems.
Dr. Leighton and his colleagues found that they were able to better manage the social anxiety of youth and teens by focusing on two key areas.
First, the team focused on the people who were most vulnerable to social anxiety.
They found that the more social anxiety they had, the more likely they were to report having severe symptoms, such as anxiety, panic attacks and social withdrawal.
Second, the researchers also focused on how to manage the anxiety in the group that were the most resilient to social stressors.
They focused on young people who had the highest levels of social anxiety, or those who reported having more than 30 social anxiety symptoms in the past year.
The group was divided into two groups.
One group was assigned a mindfulness practice to help their social anxiety problems.
The other group was not given mindfulness training.
When the team was able to see how they could improve the effectiveness of their mindfulness practice, the mindfulness group showed a significantly higher decrease in social anxiety in young adults.
“When we focused on people who did not have social anxious symptoms, we found that their resilience in the social challenge was much better than that of their non-social anxious peers,” Dr Leighton said.
“And when we focused our attention on those people with more severe social anxious issues, the impact of the mindfulness practice was much more positive.”
The researchers also found that it was the participants who were able a mindfulness training program that had the greatest impact.
They had a more than 50 percent decrease in the number of social anxious episodes in the mindfulness program, and their mindfulness symptoms decreased by nearly 50 percent.
“Mindfulness is a very powerful tool for individuals with social anxious disorders,” Dr Stephen Koss, a PhD candidate in psychology, said.
“Its been shown to improve social anxiety and decrease negative affect and social isolation.
It also improves social interaction, which is important for reducing social anxiety.”