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Social Anxiety Disorder: Why Do I Hate Being Around People?

Many times you've had a feeling of being socially awkward and you ask yourself; Why Do I Hate Being Around People? Being socially awkward or shy can be difficult. People usually feel uncomfortable in certain social situations at some point or other during their lives; this can be a passing developmental phase or something brought on by outside, uncontrollable circumstances. But when a fear of being around people becomes so intense that it interferes with one’s work or an otherwise normal life, it could be due Social Anxiety Disorder.

Usually diagnosed by a medical professional, Social Anxiety Disorder, which is also called Social Phobia, is especially distressing because the person suffering from it may intensely desire to interact with others, but cannot because of the emotional and physical response it evokes. Sadly, they will intentionally avoid being around people because it is too uncomfortable.


Social Anxiety Disorder, or “SAD”, can strike at any time in life. In children, this may be exhibited by separation anxiety, mutisim (not speaking), whining, throwing temper tantrums, or being very dependent on their parents. During the adolescent years, a teen with this disorder may have difficulty being around their peers as a group, will choose to play computer games rather than be with friends, might show a lack of social skills and make excuses, in general, for avoiding social events.

This disorder can impact an adult’s life severely enough that some develop a dependence on drugs or alcohol to calm their nerves whenever they are forced to converse with others. They may have an intense fear of being humiliated or embarrassed, have difficulty speaking, or experience a panic attack when considering the possibility of social interaction. Some symptoms felt when in social situations are sweating profusely, feeling dizzy or faint, having difficulty breathing or swallowing, trembling, heart palpitations, flushing or dry mouth. These effects can be so debilitating that it is preferable to stay home whenever possible, which in turn leads to isolation and depression. They may avoid dating, meeting new people, speaking in public, or even using a public restroom because any of these situations can cause an undesirable response.

While the exact cause of Social Anxiety Disorder is unknown, as it may vary from person to person, diagnosis and treatment are possible. Psychotherapy and medications have been shown to help overcome this problem and consultation with an experienced professional will determine the best course of action.


Because non-response to traditional treatments is present in approximately 20% of patients, finding non-invasive, alternative methods to treat this disorder is essential for those afflicted with SAD. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, or NCBI, this article states that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, case studies have shown improvement in symptoms of many psychiatric and neurological disorders, including Social Anxiety Disorder.

“Advances in our understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms involved in SAD could lead to new therapeutic options. One such novel therapeutical option is repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a non-invasive procedure whereby a pulsed magnetic field stimulates electrical activity in the brain and depolarizes neurons [11].”

TMS can create a balance in brain activity, which creates a very strong potential for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a therapeutic treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder. Schedule a free consultation today to find out more about TMS and how it can help you overcome Social Anxiety Disorder so you can enjoy a happier, more outgoing and fulfilling life.