Introduction

Are you extremely afraid of being judged by others?

Are you very self-conscious in everyday social situations?

Do you avoid meeting new people?

If you have been feeling this way for at least six months and these feelings make it hard for you to do everyday tasks—such as talking to people at work or school—you may have a social anxiety disorder.

Social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia) is a mental health condition. It is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear can affect work, school, and your other day-to-day activities. It can even make it hard to make and keep friends. But social anxiety disorder doesn’t have to stop you from reaching your potential. Treatment can help you overcome your symptoms.

What is it like having social anxiety disorder?

“In school, I was always afraid of being called on, even when I knew the answers. I didn’t want people to think I was stupid or boring. My heart would pound and I would feel dizzy and sick. When I got a job, I hated to meet with my boss or talk in a meeting. I couldn’t attend my best friend’s wedding reception because I was afraid of having to meet new people. I tried to calm myself by drinking several glasses of wine before an event and then I started drinking every day to try to face what I had to do.”

“I finally talked to my doctor because I was tired of feeling this way and I was worried that I would lose my job. I now take medicine and meet with a counselor to talk about ways to cope with my fears. I refuse to use alcohol to escape my fears and I’m on my way to feeling better.”

What is social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is a common type of anxiety disorder. A person with social anxiety disorder feels symptoms of anxiety or fear in certain or all social situations, such as meeting new people, dating, being on a job interview, answering a question in class, or having to talk to a cashier in a store. Doing everyday things in front of people—such as eating or drinking in front of others or using a public restroom—also causes anxiety or fear. The person is afraid that he or she will be humiliated, judged, and rejected.

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The fear that people with social anxiety disorder have in social situations is so strong that they feel it is beyond their ability to control. As a result, it gets in the way of going to work, attending school, or doing everyday things. People with social anxiety disorder may worry about these and other things for weeks before they happen. Sometimes, they end up staying away from places or events where they think they might have to do something that will embarrass them.

Some people with the disorder do not have anxiety in social situations but have performance anxiety instead. They feel physical symptoms of anxiety in situations such as giving a speech, playing a sports game, or dancing or playing a musical instrument on stage.

Social anxiety disorder usually starts during youth in people who are extremely shy. Social anxiety disorder is not uncommon; research suggests that about 7 percent of Americans are affected. Without treatment, social anxiety disorder can last for many years or a lifetime and prevent a person from reaching his or her full potential.

What are the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder?

When having to perform in front of or be around others, people with social anxiety disorder tend to:

  • Blush, sweat, tremble, feel a rapid heart rate, or feel their “mind going blank”
  • Feel nauseous or sick to their stomach
  • Show a rigid body posture, make little eye contact, or speak with an overly soft voice
  • Find it scary and difficult to be with other people, especially those they don’t already know, and have a hard time talking to them even though they wish they could
  • Be very self-conscious in front of other people and feel embarrassed and awkward
  • Be very afraid that other people will judge them
  • Stay away from places where there are other people

What causes social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety disorder sometimes runs in families, but no one knows for sure why some family members have it while others don’t. Researchers have found that several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety. Some researchers think that misreading of others’ behavior may play a role in causing or worsening social anxiety. For example, you may think that people are staring or frowning at you when they truly are not. Underdeveloped social skills are another possible contributor to social anxiety. For example, if you have underdeveloped social skills, you may feel discouraged after talking with people and may worry about doing it in the future. By learning more about fear and anxiety in the brain, scientists may be able to create better treatments. Researchers are also looking for ways in which stress and environmental factors may play a role.

How is social anxiety disorder treated?

First, talk to your doctor or health care professional about your symptoms. Your doctor should do an exam and ask you about your health history to make sure that an unrelated physical problem is not causing your symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to a mental health specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, or counselor. The first step to effective treatment is to have a diagnosis made, usually by a mental health specialist.

Social anxiety disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk” therapy), medication, or both. Speak with your doctor or health care provider about the best treatment for you. If your health care provider cannot provide a referral, visit the NIMH Help for Mental Illnesses web page at www.nimh.nih.gov/findhelp for resources you may find helpful.

Psychotherapy

A type of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is especially useful for treating social anxiety disorder. CBT teaches you different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to situations that help you feel less anxious and fearful. It can also help you learn and practice social skills. CBT delivered in a group format can be especially helpful. For more information on psychotherapy, please visit www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/psychotherapies.

Support Groups

Many people with social anxiety also find support groups helpful. In a group of people who all have social anxiety disorder, you can receive unbiased, honest feedback about how others in the group see you. This way, you can learn that your thoughts about judgment and rejection are not true or are distorted. You can also learn how others with social anxiety disorder approach and overcome the fear of social situations.

Medication

There are three types of medications used to help treat social anxiety disorder:

  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Beta-blockers

Anti-anxiety medications are powerful and begin working right away to reduce anxious feelings; however, these medications are usually not taken for long periods of time. People can build up a tolerance if they are taken over a long period of time and may need higher and higher doses to get the same effect. Some people may even become dependent on them. To avoid these problems, doctors usually prescribe anti-anxiety medications for short periods, a practice that is especially helpful for older adults.

Antidepressants are mainly used to treat depression, but are also helpful for the symptoms of social anxiety disorder. In contrast to anti-anxiety medications, they may take several weeks to start working. Antidepressants may also cause side effects, such as headaches, nausea, or difficulty sleeping. These side effects are usually not severe for most people, especially if the dose starts off low and is increased slowly over time. Talk to your doctor about any side effects that you have.

Beta-blockers are medicines that can help block some of the physical symptoms of anxiety on the body, such as an increased heart rate, sweating, or tremors. Beta-blockers are commonly the medications of choice for the “performance anxiety” type of social anxiety.

Your doctor will work with you to find the best medication, dose, and duration of treatment. Many people with social anxiety disorder obtain the best results with a combination of medication and CBT or other psychotherapies.

Don’t give up on treatment too quickly. Both psychotherapy and medication can take some time to work. A healthy lifestyle can also help combat anxiety. Make sure to get enough sleep and exercise, eat a healthy diet, and turn to family and friends who you trust for support.

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  1. […] Social anxiety disorder affects approximately 15 million American adults and is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder following specific phobia. The average age of onset for social anxiety disorder is during the teenage years. Although individuals diagnosed with social anxiety disorder commonly report extreme shyness in childhood, it is important to note that this disorder is not simply shyness. Read about the difference. […]

  2. Hi,

    I’d like to share some extremely significant information that’s been making its way throughout the internet concerning our future security.

    We’re on the horizon of a future of a one-world cashless money society where they will mandate us to receive an RFID chip placed in our body. This microchip will contain all our data and we will lose our privacy due to the tracking technology.

    Even a bigger concern, have you heard that this was foretold around 2000 years ago by a person named Jesus? Have doubts? Read on… This may well be the most important thing you will read.

    • “Also he(the false prophet) forces everyone — great and small, rich and poor, free and slave — to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead preventing anyone from buying or selling unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This is where wisdom is needed; those who understand should count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person, and its number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18 CJB)..

    Speaking on the final days, this could only be referring to a society where physical currency is no more, which we have yet to see, but we are making our way towards. How come? Because we would be able to buy or sell without accepting the mark between each other if physical money was still around. It logically deduces itself to this conclusion.

    The mark of the beast cannot be anything spiritual, because the word references two distinct physical locations. If it was to be spiritual, it would just say in the forehead.

    Now here is where it really comes together. It is shocking how on the nail the holy scriptures are concerning this RFID microchip. Here are some notes from a guy named Carl Sanders who worked with a squad of engineers to help produce this RFID microchip in the 90’s.

    Mr. Carl Sanders sat in 17 New World Order meetings with heads of state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the CIA to talk about plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to engineer a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world-a microchip that could be placed below the skin with a hypodermic needle(a fast, convenient process that would be progressively accepted by the people).

    Mr. Sanders, along with a group of engineers with him, with US grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this challenge and designed a RFID chip which is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable via the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one and a half million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient spot to have the RFID chip placed in the body.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand(the two spots Revelation says the mark will go) aren’t only the most convenient spots, but are also the only viable spots for rapid, consistent temperature fluctuations in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The chip is around 7 millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the dimensions of a grain of rice. It is capable of containing pages upon pages of information about you. All of your standard history, work records, crime data, health history, and financial records will be stored on this chip.

    Mr. Sanders believes that this microchip, which he remorsefully helped invent, is the “mark of the beast” described in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” Additionally it is fascinating to notice that the number 666 is a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the end word, “stigma,” additionally meaning “to stick or prick. Mr. Sanders believes this is referring to using a hypodermic needle being poked in a person to insert the RFID microchip.”

    Carl spoke with a doctor asking what would take place if the lithium contained within the chip leaked into the body. The physician replied by saying a terrible sore would manifest in that location. Now this is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and there came an evil and grievous sore upon the men that had the mark of the beast, and those who worshipped its image” (Revelation 16:2 DARBY).

    The Bible tells us we cannot buy or sell without receiving the mark of the beast, or the number of its name. This number of the beast being 666. The Bible tells us to count the number 666. How do we calculate 666?

    This is where it all tops off. Calculating the number 666 has been long debated throughout the past, but has now been made known in these final days by God. What I will show you confirms itself with the holy scriptures the real interpretation to calculate 666.

    Throughout the Bible, God uses the number three for confirming things. Allow me to share a few examples:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    What is interesting is the the mark of the beast is revealed in detail in 3 distinct verses (Revelation 13:16,17,18), and each verse lists three different characteristics of the given topic. The last three being the number 6 used 3 times in a row. This leads to the mystery to deciphering how to calculate the number 666.

    What does it mean to count the number of the beast, 666? It means to add up. How may we add up 666? Call back to mind my past point concerning God confirming in 3’s. So logically, what would be the most rational way to count the number 666? To add it up equally in threes based off the number. It is not sensible to count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also take us back to the beginning. We are not able to count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60, because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666. The only rational option is 6+6+6=18. What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18, being the third verse out of three verses that describe the mark of the beast. Now what is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another fascinating point is the only two other possible combinations (making a total of 3 possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between the sixes are 66+6=72, and 6+66=72. Count up both 72’s together and you get 144. Why the number 144 is interesting is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers by counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around in all three possible combinations, we would get 72+72+18=162. What is fascinating concerning the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name for Jesus in Greek gematria calculates to 888. The New Testament was written in the Greek language. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb being Jesus.

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply this same formula, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits:

    “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads” (Revelation 4:2-4).

    Now if you take 8+8+8=24, and 8+88=96, and 88+8=96, you get 24+96+96=216. Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666. Bear in mind that this was the same formulation to get the numeral 162 out of counting 666 that brought about the quantity 888 when dividing 144,000 by 162. It’s perpetual.

    With using the identical method of counting by adding the “+” symbol in between the numbers, why do all these numbers relate in such a manner?

    Another interesting point to note is that if you add up all of the numbers from 1 to 36, it totals 666. The number 36, as in three sixes? Could this be a sign that we need to add up three sixes as opposed to perceiving the number as six-hundred sixty six?

    So what could this imply? Well we know in this world we’re recognized by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to our social security card, as well as our drivers license, being recognized founded on a system of ruler ship. So it’s conceivable that this RFID chip will comprise a new identification that has a complete total of 18 characters.

    Could this be the identification of the beast, the number of its name? The one-world beast system which is recognized by 18 characters? This is able to fit the scriptures that speaks of a mark that we ought to have to buy or sell in our right-hand or forehead, and that it also consists of the number of the beast, in the course of a future cashless money society.

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    The Bible warns us in the end times that a false prophet will stand up performing miraculous signs deceiving many to acquire the beasts mark:

    “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image” (Revelation 19:20).

    At all costs, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    We are dwelling in very prophetic times with very important Biblical prophecies coming to pass. When Donald Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as capital of Israel in December of 2017, this was a massive step to fulfill the Third Temple prophesied in the the scriptures.

    The scriptures tells us that the Antichrist will seat himself in this temple:

    “…and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

    In the Islamic faith, they have a figure called the Mahdi, referred to as their messiah who they are awaiting to be revealed. There are various testimonies from people on line who imagine this man will be Barack Obama who may be the biblical Antichrist. I myself have had unusual dreams about Barack Obama. He got on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith, but was later revealed by his family that he certainly is a faithful Muslim.

    His actual birth name is said to be Barry Soetoro, and he had his name switched to Barack Obama. Is there any significance to this?

    Jesus says, “And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In Hebrew, the name “Barack” means “lighting”, and the use of “Bama” (Strongs Hebrew phrase 1116) is used to mean the “heights” of heaven.

    The day after the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick three lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s domestic state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama had been U.S. senator for the state of Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Regardless, whomsoever seats himself in the future Third Temple that is to be built in Jerusalem, declaring themselves to be God IS THE ANTICHRIST. DO NOT BE LEAD ASTRAY.

    So, why do we need Jesus?

    “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 2:23).

    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    Our own works cannot save our souls. If we step in front of a judge, being guilty of a criminal offense, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have accomplished, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this kind of justice, how much greater a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has introduced to us His ethical regulation’s through the ten commandments received by Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we can be justified, but so that we could see the need for our saviour. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it’s an act of evil to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, and so forth.

    We may strive to comply with all the moral guidelines of the ten commandments, however we’ll never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago inside the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by perfectly fulfilling the law, living a sinless life that only God could fulfill.

    The distance between us and the law can never be reconciled by our very own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we’re to seize hold of, by faith in Him, He will pull us forward being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if somebody steps in and pays your fine, despite the fact that you’re guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and set you free. That is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood, with His last words being, “…It is finished!…” (John 19:30).

    So why did Jesus have to die for us?

    Due to the fact that God is Holy and just, the wrath that belongs to us could not go unnoticed. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it ought to be reconciled, it ought to be quenched and satisfied.

    For God takes no pleasure in the demise of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). That is why in Isaiah chapter 53, the place it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it satisfied God to crush His only begotten Son.

    That is due to the fact the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. For if it were to be poured out upon us deserve it, we would all perish and go to hell. God created a means of escape by pouring it out on His Son who’s soul could not stay in Hades, however was raised and seated on the right hand of God in power.

    Now once we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer see’s the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son living inside our hearts, justifying us as if we acquired the wrath we deserve, making a means of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is turn from our sins and trust in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins. That is not only a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, butrather receiving His words, taking them to heart. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but turn from our sins and practice righteousness:

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

    By doing so we may become transformed into the image of God by way of faith in His Son Christ Jesus Who’s willing to present the Holy Spirit to whoever ask of Him:

    “Most assuredly, I(Jesus) say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:5-6).

    “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9).

    What are you waiting for? Our Father in heaven only wishes the best for us, restoring every little thing this world has stolen from us. This is what it means to be “holy”. To be made whole.

    He is waiting to listen to you. That God given tongue to speak language, by using faith, pray to Him, ask Him to forgive you by confessing to Him your sins and be willing to forsake them; that you receive the sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross, and that you want His Holy Spirit living inside you reworking you into a child of God.

    Jesus says, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him(the Holy Spirit) will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

    Did you know that Jesus spoke more about hell than someone else in the scriptures, even more than He spoke about heaven?! For this very cause He was brought forth to die for us, to save us from this place that we earned by our sins.

    He describes hell as a actual place where,

    “Their worm does not die
    And the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44).

    And where,

    “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…” (Luke 13:28).

    Jesus tells us who to fear,

    “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

    “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

    Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

    And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8).

    Out of all the world religions, how can we make sure the Bible has it all right? The scientific facts has established and continues to support that the universe once had a beginning wherein space, time and matter were created. Many know this as the big bang.

    “The non-biblical religions tell us that god or god’s create within space and time that eternally exist. The Bible stands alone and says that time and space don’t exist until God creates the universe.” – Astronomer(Phd) Hugh Ross

    The Bible not only got it right that space, time and matter all came into existence at the beginning of the universe, it also states in 7 distinct scriptures that the universe is in a continuous state of expansion thousands of years earlier than scientists found out this information.

    Did you hear that the actual Noah’s Ark was discovered in the place where the holy scriptures informed us it would be with the right dimensions? As well as proof for the destruction of the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah and the Exodus event of the Red Sea crossing?

    The Bible is by far the most translated and studied book in the history of the world, packed with predictive prophecies, matching what we discover in the book of nature. Would not you assume God’s word to be so?

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    God loves you!

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