Social Phobia in New Zealand: The Hidden Epidemic
It’s estimated that one in ten New Zealanders suffer from social anxiety or social phobia. That means that for every ten people you see around you, at least one of them is struggling with a debilitating fear of social situations.
It’s a hidden epidemic because, for the most part, people with social anxiety are able to hide their symptoms. They may not avoid all social situations, but they’ll go to great lengths to hide their anxiety. This can make it difficult to spot and can make it seem like social anxiety isn’t a real problem.
But the reality is that social anxiety is a very real problem that can have a huge impact on someone’s life. If you suffer from social anxiety, you may avoid social situations altogether, which can make it difficult to work, make friends, and live a full life.
There are treatments available that can help, but the first step is to seek help from a professional. If you think you may be suffering from social anxiety, don’t suffer in silence. Talk to your GP or a mental health professional about your symptoms and get the help you need.