Social anxiety news and stories round up

Blogs

A very informative and personal account of the challenges of seeking the necessary support and adjusting ones diet to manage Type 2 diabetes, whilst also managing social anxiety symptoms. “I never went to the support group as my anxiety wouldn’t let me. So I spent the next year and a half flitting between eating healthy (what I read was healthy anyway) and comfort eating junk food because I blamed myself for giving myself diabetes (counter-productive I know). Stupid stupid brain!”

Personal account of struggles of growing up with undiagnosed autism and experiencing social anxiety and drug addiction: “i dropped out of college and moved into a broken down schoolbus-turned-RV with the boy that gave me meth for the first time. i’m not sure when exactly my addiction went from the addiction of being a normal person with no anxiety that was able to socialize and be part of a group and laugh and be cool to an addiction to the drug and only the drug. but it happened. and full circle i had gone back into my shell.”

Diary records of travelling in Poland, from Julia: “Ironically, for someone who experiences social anxiety, I absolutely adore those brief human interactions where I can talk, laugh, and smile with a stranger. It makes me feel positive about the world out there and reminds me of what we all are. In this case, the man spoke Russian but we both managed with our broken Polish to understand that he needed to use the internet to call his wife and family. The internet on the train was no use, so I offered up that he could use my hotspot. We didn’t talk too much after that, I read my book and he watched the world outside the window. Still, I had felt all the more connected to something beyond myself.”

An interesting thesis that fear is essentially a fear of death. The post considers the implications for this in addressing fear and anxieties. “Inside your brain are two little nuggets called your amygdalas. These naughty little nuggets are, biologically speaking, responsible for all of your emotional suffering. This is because they activate something called your fight, flight or freeze response system. And this has everything to do with your survival. (They love you really.)”

Creative writing, poems & stories

“I wonder if this is another superpower of Black women. To be able to see straight through the biggest and baddest. To have this thing on us, even before we become mothers or grandmothers, big mama’s or madea’s. We have this thing that the world knows they can’t hide from us, they can’t pretend to be strong with us, they can’t bullshit us, because we see through it all. It makes people act weird around us. It’s another example of our very existence being a resistance. This superpower can result in one of three things. Hatred, fear, or devotion.

I’ll let you guess which is the least likely of the three.”

“Let Go.

Of everything that is disturbing your peace and impacting your wellbeing.

Let Go.

Of trying to plan everything perfectly and trying to ensure there is no divergence.”

“For a girl like me,
To be born in the depths
Of corn fields and maple leaves
From a cowboy poorer than the mice
Eating slowly at his sanity
And his lover, savage as they come
Together, speaking a language of Freedom
Spreading their quiet wisdom
Passing it down to me,
Entrusting me with a vision
A dream to live as free as they be
As they always had envisioned.”

News

Article about Fight or Flight: Anxiety, an animated documentary series created by a New Zealand based film-maker, Michelle Cameron. ““My favourite quote is by Esther Perel, who says ‘the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives’ and I think the most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves.” Cameron encouraged people to not be afraid of their feelings and hoped anxiety would be just another accepted emotion in the future.”

The animated documentary series can be viewed on Youtube.

Short piece by blogger, Cat Borg, a 40-something wife and mother of three girls: “Don’t get me wrong, I am longing for hugs. I can’t wait to be in close contact with my extended family again without social distancing and the need for hand sanitizer every five minutes. But to think about the way we’re going to be rushing around again, possibly by the end of this year fills me with dread.”

An article hypothesising on potential causes of anxiety on the phone and possible remedies: “Pauses can feel extremely uncomfortable too. In person, you can see when someone is distracted or thinking but on the phone brief silences can feel awkward. We’re also becoming accustomed to being able to review emails, texts and social media posts before hitting the send button, so a phone conversation can feel impulsive and risky.”

Research

“We hypothesized that social anxiety would be significantly positively associated with DPDR (depersonalisation/derealisation) and this relationship would be stronger among individuals high in emotion regulation difficulties compared to those low in emotion regulation difficulties. The results of the current study provided support for both hypotheses. Results indicated that as social anxiety scores increased, the frequency and duration of DPDR experiences also increased. Furthermore, this relationship was significantly stronger at higher levels of emotion regulation difficulties. Additionally, even at low levels of emotion regulations difficulties (i.e., one standard deviation below the mean), social anxiety was still significantly positively associated with DPDR. When examining the sub-components of emotion regulation difficulties, it was found that difficulties controlling impulsive behavior and the ability to clearly identify and understand emotions both significantly moderated the relationship between social anxiety and DPDR. Similar to emotional regulation difficulties in general, while social anxiety was positively associated with DPDR at low levels of both types of emotion regulation difficulties, the relationship was stronger among individuals who reported high levels of emotion regulation difficulties in the areas of controlling impulsive behaviors and clearly identifying and understanding emotions.”

Author: Workers' Archive

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

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