People who have social anxiety are plagued by worries about what others think of them: Do I look okay? Was that joke stupid? What if I don’t make any friends? I can’t go to this party, no one will talk to me!
The socially anxious are afraid of being negatively judged by other people. They believe they will be rejected, scorned or criticized harshly when they try to socialize. Some agonize over basic interactions, wondering if they shook someone’s hand too firmly, fretting over whether a group of people they walked by was laughing at them or at something else.
Social anxiety makes it very difficult to join in on social activities. Going out to a bar or attending a party, rather than being relaxing and fun, can be very stressful for someone with social anxiety.
People who are socially anxious may feel the only way they can relax in social settings is by taking drugs (especially depressants) such as alcohol and marijuana. This allows them to feel less inhibited and to stop focusing on their anxiety for a while.
A recent survey shows that many of the people who are addicted to drugs, especially marijuana, have some form of anxiety disorder. People who have social anxiety are especially vulnerable to becoming addicted to marijuana, according to a professor at LSU.
The professor advocates treating anxiety as well as treating the addiction for anxious people who take marijuana.
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