Being social is vital to the health of a single adult, without regard to gender. If you are single, and you struggle with anxiety and panic when engaging in social interactions, it is important to understand what treatments may be open to you as a single adult with this mental health complication that leads to profound phobia symptoms.
In single adults who struggle with social phobia, the complications may exhibit when any degree of social interaction becomes available – from one-on-one dating to social interaction in a large group. When social phobia is a mental health concern for you, it can not only lead to your impaired ability to find a life partner, but to also become unable to engage in activities in your community or even in your family or church group. Finding ways to treat your social phobia is important to your health, both physical and mental.
Treating social phobia is done through a collaborative approach for single adults. While there are medications that you can take to overcome your social phobia symptoms, including controlling anxiety symptoms, most single adults are better served by the use of therapy in a controlled setting – typically using cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT. In this setting, a therapist can assist you, as a single adult, in naturally overcoming your anxiety and associated physiological symptoms that arise in anticipation of a social event.
Getting involved in social activities is one of the most important ways you can overcome your social phobia as a single adult. To most effectively help yourself, you will want to first get involved in large group settings so be sure to contact your local church, local community center, or even consider enrolling in college or other educational services. By getting involved in large group settings, you can make friends and find a safe place in which to interact as a single adult. Once you are comfortable with these large settings, you can begin to dwindle into smaller settings until you feel comfortable enough to try one-on-one dating.
Social phobia is one of the leading causes of mental health concern among single adults. While many single adults choose to remain single as a lifestyle choice, there are some that are single simply because they have not learned to manage their phobia symptoms when engaging in dating or more intimate relationships. If you are struggling with social phobia complications, as a single adult, consider these methods for overcoming your social phobia and find more healthy living on the horizon.
Sources: Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic, by Reneau Peurifoy, pp. 99-101.