Social anxiety news round-up

Blogs

A post reflecting on feeling down and ways to accept and manage such emotions: “I know this is a terrible thing to wish for because time is finite and life is precious, but occasionally I do wish we had a fast forward button like they do in The Sims. Just occasionally, in times like today where I don’t have the motivation to do anything productive, I think it would be nice to speed things up a little. I would also like it if we could type ‘rosebud’ into our bank accounts and magically get £50k.”

Reflections by Britney on a low point in her mental health whilst pregnant and living with abusive roommates: “At least once a day or every other day I was getting an earful about something I did wrong and a lecture and being downgraded. Often times it happened with the kids watching everything. I cried myself to sleep some nights and when I couldn’t hold it in I would take a shower so no one would hear me cry.”

An account of a young woman’s abusive marriage, the mental health impact and process of getting out of the relationship: “I used to be a bubbly, happy person. I used to not have much anxiety at all and I used to have all the confidence in the world. I used to actively try to make friends and I used to be the one to host parties, have bonfires, pool parties and movie nights. Now I couldn’t even imagine doing that. I hate going out in public when I used to love going out and doing stuff. If I could stay in my apartment for the rest of my life I think I’d be perfectly happy.”

Some self-help tips for addressing anxiety in the workplace: “One of the methods that I have found helpful is the use of the sensory technique. The first, if the setting allows is music. I put on my headphones, turn up the tunes and it helps me to complete my tasks by giving my brain something else to focus on other than my racing thoughts.”

Research

“The aim of this study was to examine bidirectional relations between test anxiety, school-related wellbeing, and emotion risk, in a sample of adolescent students. Self-reported data for test anxiety, school-related wellbeing, and emotion risk were collected twice from participants in a tier of upper secondary education (referred to as 6th form) over a single academic year (separated by approximately seven months).”

“Test anxiety was positively reciprocally related with a subsequent elevated risk of developing an emotion disorder and the risk of developing an emotion disorder was negatively reciprocally related with subsequent school-related wellbeing. School-related wellbeing was negatively related to subsequent test anxiety but not vice versa. Theoretically speaking, these findings support the integrative network approach (Hereen and McNally 2016, 2018) and highlight the importance of attending to emotion disorders as distinct from wellbeing as proposed in the DFM (Suldo and Shaffer 2008). Practically speaking, interventions designed to reduce test anxiety will likely benefit mental health through reduced risk of developing emotion disorders. Interventions designed to treat emotion disorders will likely improve school-related wellbeing and reduce test anxiety. Greater provision is needed for children and adolescents to be able to access such interventions without having to face excessively long waiting times.”

  • Social wariness, preference for solitude, and peer difficulties in middle childhood: A longitudinal family-informed study. Morneau-Vaillancourt, G., Matte-Gagné, C., Cheesman, R., Brendgen, M., Vitaro, F., Tremblay, R., Dionne, G., & Boivin, M. (2021). Developmental Psychology, 57(3), 410–420. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000961

A study that used evidence within families of subjects to assess the difference in behaviours of solitude and social wariness in affecting experiences of peer interactive difficulties. “(P)reference for solitude was systematically associated with peer rejection starting at age 6 years and became progressively associated with peer victimization over time.”

“Results of the study published in the journal, Applied Neuropsychology: Child, reveal that computerized inhibitory training helps to mitigate negative emotions in preadolescent children. EEG results also provide evidence of frontal alpha asymmetry shifting to the left after children completed an emotional version of the training. At the baseline time point, there was further indication to support the link between inhibitory control dysfunction and anxiety/depression. Decreased inhibitory control performance predicted higher levels of anxiety and depression, signifying that inhibitory impairments could be a risk factor for the development of these conditions in children.”

Articles

“I love wearing a mask. I want to do this forever. It has helped my social anxiety so much.” The article briefly describes the experiences of people for whom mask-wearing shields them from exposure and unwanted attention.

A brief set of suggestions on challenging anxiety with some interesting points: “A collaborative frame is more effective than a competitive one. Competitive mindsets are tense, violent, on edge. Collaborative mindsets are accepting, kind, team-oriented.”

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Covering sensitivity at work and beyond on my website: https://samuelaliblog.wordpress.com/

6 thoughts on “Social anxiety news round-up”

      1. Thank you! And likewise, it’s interesting to read about your experience with social anxiety. I can relate a bit!

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  1. Thank you so much for including me in this round up, I really appreciate it! Trying to get my story out there is hard when you’re not quite ready for people you know to read it. This is really awesome ❤

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