Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, will often accompany generalised anxiety as its integral part, but it can also be quite prevalent, which is when it could be considered separately. If severe enough, we can also talk about it as social anxiety disorder or social phobia. Because of the modern social values in the cosmopolitan world, its underlying triggering mechanisms are quite embedded in collective psychology.
Avoiding conflict is one of the most prevalent issues I see my clients presenting in therapy room—regardless of whether I see them in NHS or privately. It is usually not the main issue they come in with, however, it does in one way or another often boil down to it. Whether they come in for anxiety, burnout, low self-esteem, or problems with relationship. Even narcissism—sometimes even more so than other disorders—can manifest itself in significant avoidance of conflict. But contrary to the fact that some pride themselves with the fact that they are not confrontational, this is hardly a good thing and is often symptomatic of disruptions in the sense of self-worth.
Part of the misconception and confusion of what anxiety really is also comes from the general everyday use of the term. It is often used to define a spectrum of feelings and moods, ranging from feeling scared, anxious before an important event or feeling nervous and agitated. When speaking about anxiety symptoms in psychotherapy and counselling, the term tends to be more narrowly defined.
There was a number of research published in the attempted to identify the link between prevalence and incidence of depression and the use of social media. Whilst some evidence shows that there in fact is a positive correlation between the usage of social media and depression, the evidence is still inconclusive about whether depression is caused and induced by social media or whether social media usage increases during states of depression. Could we be talking about social media depression as a phenomenon?