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Do you struggle with Social Anxiety? Are you wondering if it will just go away by itself? Jill White-Huffman, Licensed Professional Counselor & Marriage and Family Therapist, sat down with WFMY News 2's Faith Abubey to discuss social anxiety and dating relationships.

Below are a few key points about how to handle social anxiety:

How will someone know if they may be experiencing Social Anxiety?

  • They fear being judge by others.
  • Social settings may manifest irrational thoughts like feeling everyone around may be watching because they do not measure up. This results in feeling inadequate and humiliated.
  • Many people experience shyness, worry, trembling, nervousness, increased heart rate, excessive sweating and their voice is shaky when they speak.

2. What seems to make Social Anxiety symptoms worst?

  • Public speaking or being in large crowds.
  • Dating and meeting new people.
  • Making conversation in meetings, groups and activities.

3. What might be helpful to those people who have Social Anxiety?

  • Friends or Family may be able to arrange a blind date.
  • Church, community group settings and Neighborhood Associations may make it easier to explore potential dating relationships.
  • Volunteering makes it easier to get to know people on a personal level.
  • Educational Activities that involve people spending time with one another who share common ground is much easier than starting from scratch.
  • Sporting events can tell you a lot about people. How they react/respond to the games may show how they would conduct themselves in a romantic relationship.
  • Hobbies and Clubs could be helpful because you may feel much more at ease striking up a conversation with someone who shares your same compassion.

For more information on social anxiety or to seek advice contact Jill White-Huffman at 336-855-1860, email jwhite_huffman@yahoo.com or visit her website.

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