IMPACTS OF SOCIAL ANXIETY ON MENTAL HEALTH 6
Extensive psychological research has indicated that every person hasa form of anxiety. However, social anxiety appears to be the mostcommon affecting over 15 million people in the United States alone.It is characterized by unfounded fear and tension in socialsituations such as in front of a crowd (Butler, 2012). Psychologistshave opined that people who suffer from social anxiety tend to havethe fear of being judged or making mistakes hence being humiliated.The mental health of individuals can severely be affected bypersistent social anxiety. Furthermore, depression over failures,being misunderstood and embarrassments are major factors that affectmental health. Thesis: Even though these are common occurrencesthat most people experience, their persistence can have adverseeffects on mental health.
Many people with mental health issues are misunderstood and it is anextremely painful thing. Misunderstandings occur almost to everybodywhere the intentions of a person are misinterpreted. It is essentialto note that misunderstandings can lead to accusations anddisagreements between the parties involved. For instance, a personsuffering from depression, which is a mental disorder, may berequested to join friends or family in a party but refuses (Evans &Nizette, 2013). Essentially, people suffering from depression feelweak and want to remain alone and this may be the reason for refusingto join the family or friends. His action may be misunderstood andinterpreted as hatred towards the family or friends. However, theperson does not have any masked resentments or anger towards theinviters.
The mentally ill people hardly communicate face to face with otherpeople. This has been cited as a major cause for misunderstandings.When people communicate through text messages, emails or social mediaplatforms, it is easy to miss the tone of the message andmisunderstand the sender. When the mentally ill are misunderstood, itworsens their condition. When someone is misunderstood, it creates afeeling of paranoia, which might have adverse effects on someone’smental health. Dealing with misunderstandings requires one to giveothers the benefit of the doubt and to try and believe what they say(Evans & Nizette, 2013). People who are wrongly judged might feelrejected and unwanted and this might eventually lead to mentaldisorders such as depression. For instance, when one feels thatothers believe he or she hates them, he or she might decide to stayalone and avoid face to face communication with people. Eventually,this can lead to prolonged stress and hence depression.
Depression resulting from failure
There are numerous causes of depression, but the major ones arefailure and disappointment. Depression, which is a form of socialanxiety, occurs when one has a persistent feeling of despondency,lack of interest and sadness. Research has indicated that the whenpeople fail in their adventures such as education or business, theydevelop depression (Maisel, 2015). For instance, there are documentcases of students who have committed suicide after failing in theirfinal examinations. This is mainly due to the exaggerated importanceplaced on passing examinations. Notably, depression is a mentalcondition that can severely affect the daily functionality of anindividual. Numerous people forget that life is compounded ofsuccesses and failures (Maisel, 2015). Furthermore, failures aremeant to be learning opportunities for people. Interestingly, peoplecan be failures in some aspects such as education, but be extremelysuccessful in areas such as business. The primary reason why studentsdevelop depression over failure is because of the shame and distressassociated with failure.
The society has largely placed a lot of value in success. People whofail are rejected and feel embarrassed in society. Furthermore,institutions such as school and organizations have always rewardedthe people who are deemed as being successful. Therefore, the peoplewho do not meet the certain set thresholds are considered as failuresand therefore, not rewarded. In most instances, students or employeeswho work extremely hard to meet the set thresholds develop depressionafter they fail. In instances where there is continued failure,chronic depression may occur, leading to permanent mental illness.For instance, students who consistently fail in different grades orsubjects may develop persistent depression (Maisel, 2015). They tendto stay alone and avoid any interactions since they considerthemselves as unwanted. It is essential to note that every personseeks to succeed in life. People go to school, work or do business ina bid to succeed in life. Successful people earn recognition andrespect in the society. It is clear that depression can have severeeffects on the mental health of a person.
Another form of social anxiety that has an adverse effect on mentalhealth is embarrassment. This is the fear of being judged by otherpeople. It makes the victims to avoid social places and it can affectthe everyday activities that people engage in such as running errandsor going to school. Being embarrassed about one’s actions is acommon disorder that can have adverse effects on their mental healthif is persists for a long time (Hinshaw, 2014). Researchers haveasserted that embarrassment, as a social disorder, can run infamilies and it mostly occurs because of misreading other people’sbehaviors. For instance, it is possible for someone to be embarrassedbecause he or she thinks other people are looking at him or frowningwhen they are actually not. Furthermore, failure to interact withother people or lack of social skills may cause people to beembarrassed when they appear before others or talk before a group ofpeople (Axelby, 2014). People who are mostly embarrassed havedifficulties reporting their mental illnesses to doctors because theyare ashamed of their conditions. As a result, this may adverselyaffect their mental health. Moreover, people who normally feelembarrassed hardly share their problems with friends or family andthey end up suffering in silence. As a consequence, they are heavilyaffected mentally.
While concluding, it is evident that mental health can be affectedby varied factors. More often than not, people are misunderstood andthis affects them mentally. Misunderstandings may lead to wrongfuljudgment hence leading to accusations. In most cases, depressedpeople who prefer staying in isolation are misunderstood when theyreject any offers to interact with friends or family. In addition,depression resulting from failure has been identified as a majorcause of mental illness. Exaggerated importance is placed on successand this has made many people who fail to be depressed. Prolongedperiods of depression can lead to severe mental illnesses. Thesociety has always praised and recognized successful people hencemaking failures depressed. Lastly, embarrassment has negative effectson the mental health of individuals. In most cases, people withmental illnesses feel ashamed to report to the doctor and this leadsto the deterioration of their mental health.
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