Home may have become associated with safety and control during lockdown, so resuming life in public can seem daunting.
Hikikomori live in a state of extreme and distressing withdrawal.
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Traumatic experiences (usually of shame or defeat) lead many people across the globe to cut themselves off from social contact and withdraw from society.
It’s helpful to remember you’re in an unusual situation with no perfect map of how to cope, or a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to get through it.
Going back to school can be tough for children who suffer from social anxiety.
Particularly for people with social anxiety, the prospect of reconnecting with the outside world could be daunting. But there are things you can do to make the transition a little easier.
Shy bladder, or paruresis, is classified as a form of social anxiety disorder.
Anxiety around going to the toilet in a public place is a recognised mental health condition. We explored the thought processes behind shy bladder and shy bowel to better understand these disorders.
One in three 18 to 25 year olds reported feeling lonely three or more times in the past week.
Loneliness is often triggered by significant life events, and young people have these in abundance. But the solution isn’t as simple as joining a group or trying harder to make friends.
Dwelling on the past, like writing in a diary, is part of being human and helps us form our identity. But not all memories are helpful.
Remembering past events, experiences or emotions is a big part of being human. But if dwelling on the past is distressing, here’s what you can do to help.
People feeling anxious about social interactions can find support and solace on social media.
Posting on social media, reaching a group of friends all at once, can make connecting with others less threatening for people who experience social anxiety.
Excessively protecting your child and taking over, doesn’t allow them to learn through experience.
Loving parent can think of nothing more important than protecting their shy children, but excessively protecting your child and taking over doesn’t allow them to learn through experience.
Understanding the source of child anxiety is important. Some fears may be easily soothed; others, such as fears of bullying, may require adult intervention.
As the first days of school approach rapidly, an educational psychologist offers strategies for combating anxiety in children and teens.
Hearing voices can make you anxious.
People with paranormal beliefs often experience social rejection. But for those at risk of psychosis, support is important for prevention.
Social anxiety is considered a disorder when people have an excessive fear of negative evaluation or judgement triggered by social or performance situations.
Exposure therapy, where people face their feared social situations, is one treatment that can be used to treat social anxiety. So how does it work?
A little debate prep goes a long way.
Even Trump and Clinton have oratorical anxieties. Here are some research-based strategies presidential candidates and the rest of us can use to overcome them.
How do kids develop fears?
When 9- to 12-month-olds with presented with two images at once – one snake and one flower – researchers found that the babies turned their heads more quickly to look at snakes than at flowers.
Anxiety: gender specific.
New research reveals some startling findings and discovers the problem is worst in the West.
It’s not all isolation and cyber-bullying: technology offers access to communication and therapies that could help sufferers of mental illness.
Nothing can get to me now.
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Researchers have created an experiment that gives participants the illusion of being invisible.
While it can make negative events worse, uncertainty also makes positive events more exciting.
Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life but for many people, it triggers harmful levels of stress. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to handle uncertainty better.
People with social anxiety disorder believe they will be rejected when others see how anxious and awkward they are.
Most of us would admit to feeling shy from time to time, or anxious about public speaking: the larger the crowd the greater the terror. It’s also not unusual to feel awkward while making small talk with…