ADHD AND SOCIAL ANXIETY {What is Social Anxiety Disorder?}

ADHD AND SOCIAL ANXIETY {What is Social Anxiety Disorder?}


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that I’ve discovered on ADHD, mental wellbeing, and personal development. Today we are going to be talking about an
exciting fact that plagues my life, up until recently I didn’t realize that this was an
actual thing. Obviously it’s a thing, but it’s really something
that you can totally get diagnosed with. If you think you have social anxiety disorder
raise your hand. Now, I started researching this and looking
into it because I just had this little inkling in my heart that social anxiety had something
to do with, or was closely related to ADHD. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental
disorders in the United States, I don’t know how that compares to the rest of the world. Social anxiety disorder affects nearly 15
million people in the United States. I was curious about how many people that also
have ADHD have a social anxiety disorder and I was struggling to find the exact statistics. Nearly half of adults with ADHD also have
some sort of anxiety disorder, with social anxiety disorder being the most common disorder
of the anxiety disorders within the disorder of having ADHD, and having an anxiety disorder. Just to clarify. What is social anxiety disorder? I’m so glad you came to this video and asked. Social anxiety disorder is an intense anxiety
or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. I mean, who here has not had anxiety when
you have to stand in front of a class, or audition, or do a presentation or a speech
of some sort? Can I get an amen? People with social anxiety disorder, and I
feel like I definitely relate to this one, may worry about acting or coming off or appearing
as if they are anxious. Like blushing, or messing up talking, fumbling
over your words, and it’s kind of like a double edged sword, because it’s like your anxiety
is there because you don’t want people to know you have anxiety, so then therefore it’s
obvious you have anxiety, so then you’re socially awkward as all get out. You don’t want to be viewed as stupid or awkward
or boring, and I have definitely been all three of those things. Whatever. Your win some, you’ll lose some. I bored my cat, he left. Leo, come back! I really honestly just liked him being there. What is that thing that you do with your pets
when you have anxiety and you want your pet to be with you always? He makes me feel better when I’m filming YouTube
videos, okay? It’s not easy to do this alone. Honestly, I just like his little presence
there. The hard thing about having social anxiety
disorder, which this is something I’ve never been diagnosed with, but I definitely think
that I can relate to people that experience this. I don’t think it’s at a full blown … pardon
me, I don’t think it at a full blown level as some people might experience, because the
symptoms of what you go through for me aren’t as strong as some of these descriptors that
I’m about to get into. So people with social anxiety disorder often
finds themselves avoiding situations where they have to perform or be on the spot, mostly
because they want to avoid the physical symptoms that go along with putting themselves in socially
uncomfortable situations. The physical symptoms with the social anxiety
can be strong. Now I’m warning you, this may be graphic;
rapid heart rate, nausea, excessive sweating, sweaty palms, you might have to go to the
restroom all of a sudden. Social anxiety disorder, fun. Last but not least is you might find yourself
going into a full blown panic attack. I am thankful to God that I’ve never experienced
this, it is something that I know runs in my family. I don’t think that I have full blown social
anxiety disorder, but I do think I have some of the symptoms, if that makes sense. You just got to know when to go hunting, you
just got to know. He came back. He just left. I was curious about the similarities of ADHD
and social anxiety disorder, and oftentimes just the symptoms are very similar and overlap,
so you might find this to be an aha moment. So I’m about to give you eight symptoms that
are similar between social anxiety disorder and ADHD. Let’s get into it. One, you’re self conscious in front of others. Two, you worry about others critiques and
judgments of you. Don’t we all? Three, you stress out for major events way
before the day of, and I feel like this one to me, I was like “Everybody does that,” but
the level of stress is to such a high level that it is above and beyond the level of stress
needed before a major event, let’s put it that way. We’re all human, right? Four is you avoid social interactions, or
you are very uncomfortable if in a social situation. Five, this is something that I totally do
is I keep the conversation brief. I do this because I don’t want to say the
wrong thing, because I don’t want to forget someone’s name, because I don’t want to have
anxiety about not knowing how to come off like I gots its together. I also keep it brief because I don’t want
people asking personal questions about me, I just don’t want to have to answer what I’m
going to do later tonight. I do not have the hippest of social lives,
because there’s things I want to get done, which leads beautifully into number six: we
have a hard time making and keeping friends. And that is something I am completely guilty
of, but not fully because I have some amazing longterm lifelong friends that know me for
who I really am and they know what I’m about, they believe in me and they are here with
me, supporting me. So the seventh symptom that is similar of
these two disorders is the physical ramifications that I’ve already talked about. Ramifications, I said that really weird. And last but not least, this is the obvious
thing that goes along with anxiety and ADHD. This is like mirror twins, social anxiety
disorder and ADHD had one thing that was so in common in my mind, it is trouble talking
with others. Should’ve seen you coming. He came back. I’m not a specialist in social anxiety disorder
or ADHD, I’m just sharing with you my experience and the things that resonate with me that
might resonate with you. If you think you have social anxiety disorder
and/or ADHD, I recommend you seek a diagnosis so they can better assist you in your treatment,
so you can better your life, so you can then better the lives of those around you. Because as we start filling our cup up, we
can start giving other people the water that is overflowing within us, if you know what
I mean. Thank you so much everybody for watching this
video. Leo thanks you as well. If you have any comments, questions, concerns,
or thoughts, leave them in the comment section below. Again, remember to subscribe to my channel
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do me the biggest favor: know that you are so valued, and have a wonderful week. Bye bye.

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