The Hidden World of Social Anxiety

Are you intimidated by people of authority? Do you avoid making phone calls? Are you terrified of speaking in a group? Do you get nervous and sweaty in social circumstances?

Studies show that social anxiety impacts at least 7% of the population. And most of these people will lose countless opportunities for professional advancement and personal enrichment because they avoid people and freeze in social situations. It’s no wonder there’s a high correlation between social anxiety and depression. Social anxiety limits you. It squashes your potential. It puts a cap on your life and you end up living a restricted version of the life you really want and would otherwise have.

I know. For years, I would rely on my parents, friends, and my wife to make phone calls or appointments for me. It was silly. Why couldn’t I just pick up the phone and reserve a lane at the bowling alley? I missed out on so many social opportunities because I was too nervous to attend.

I remember when I cancelled a camping trip with close friends. My excuse was that I wasn’t feeling well. In a sense, that was true. As I started to imagine being isolated with my friends I got physical symptoms.

At its core, social anxiety is really a fear of being judged.

Social anxiety can manifest itself in a particular relationship, in a particular type of relationship, or in most relationships outside a person’s immediate family.

Most people who suffer from social anxiety are desperate to break free from their fears. So you know what they do? They drink.

Studies show that 20% of people who suffer from social anxiety have an alcohol problem. Drinking sets you free, it provides relief, temporarily, but of course it’s not a solution. In the long run, drinking will not resolve your social anxiety, and it may very well lead to additional problems.

For people with social anxiety, alcohol is a form of self-soothing or self-medicating. But it’s dysfunctional. Some people use other forms of self-soothing or self-medicating, which are equally unhealthy.

Dealing with social anxiety is not complicated. It’s not an enigma. Don’t resort to drugs or alcohol. And you probably don’t need medication or therapy. Instead, there are simple techniques you can use to relieve yourself of social anxiety. These techniques, which are taught in Dr. Dan’s Anxiety Plan, enable you to interact with people comfortably. They’ll liberate you at parties, at the office, and in restaurants. Most people find success using these interventions within 30 days of joining the program.

Want to join?

I’d love to have you on the first teleconference.

There’s also a Q&A included with the program, where you can ask me questions and dialogue with me directly.

You don’t have to wait for the first teleconference to start learning the techniques. If you register now you get immediate access to the plan’s online portal of resources including a 9 part audio learning system and a step-by-step explanation of how to implement the techniques that will relieve you of social anxiety.

You can get all the information about Dr. Dan’s Anxiety Plan including how to register here.

If you’re interested in private sessions with me (phone or in-office), go here. But note that I advise doing Dr. Dan’s Anxiety Plan first, and then scheduling private sessions only if you find it necessary.

Let me know if you have any questions. You can contact me here.

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