I chose this issue because this is the most common anxiety in the whole world for preteens and for teenagers. This affects both you and your family because social anxiety can pass down your family tree because you can see if your parents have social anxiety OR your surroundings can affect you. Since everyone has social anxiety at some points, I know that sometimes when you get social anxiety, you start to shake, sweat, or even cry. My connections are very similar because whenever I’m nervous of something I tend to start to have fear of my surroundings or when I’m in the middle of attention, I tend to freak out. This issue is important because every teenager in the world can get social anxiety in a click, if they aren’t aware of this issue then it could really affect them in many ways.
When I started to research about social anxiety, I found out that this social anxiety disorder is actually the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. The reason why it’s the largest mental health care today is because teenagers often want to fit in or they either want to make sure they always look good and say the right things, they always feel like everyone’s eyes are on them. You can’t avoid it. It expanded my learning a lot because now that I’m aware of it, I can prevent it from getting serious. What I thought about this issue before I started researching is that everyone had it and as you start getting more insecure it would dig deeper. Something interesting I learned is that for children below 12 years old, symptoms of social anxiety may represent clinging behaviors, tantrums, and even selective mutism (SM). My perspective changed by a lot because now I understand people who have the social anxiety disorder and I understand that they can’t perform well in social situations. Some misunderstandings in this topic is that some people believe that if they are nervous in a social situation, they automatically think that they have the social anxiety disorder, but it’s not always because of that. Usually it’s just our fears kicking in. The problem of this issue is that you cannot get rid of it, but, you can treat it by visiting a direct cognitive-behavioral therapist, since it’s a long-term disorder. This influences my thinking of wellness because it connects to how people think and how people observe things in social situations.