• Tips for Coping with Social Anxiety Disorder During the Holidays

    Dec 19, 2014

    the Psychiatry Advisor take:


    Social gatherings are a source of joy for many during holidays, but can be unbearable for people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Avoiding social situations can actually make the condition worse, so Medical News Today compiled these three tips for clinicians to share with patients who have the condition this Christmas season.

    1. Trust a confidant — Anticipation can be an exacerbating factor in SAD, but planning for how to deal with social functions ahead of time can help ease anxiety. Encouraging patients with SAD to share their fears about holiday festivities with a trusted friend or family member can help the person create a buffer for interactions they find particularly difficult.
    2. Focus on the external, instead of internalizing — Offering to help the host with party prepping and event practicalities can be a welcome distraction for people with SAD to detract from any personal negative feelings they may associate with an event.
    3. Maintain good nutrition — foods high in sugar, fat, caffeine, and alcohol, which are nearly ubiquitous at holiday parties, play a role in energy and anxiety levels. Making conscious food and drink choices can help patients manage their own condition.


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