Your social anxiety is not a disorder, it’s just anxiety in social situations. No matter how much of it you might be feeling, it’s still not a “mental disorder”. There is no specific amount of social anxiety felt that turns it into a disorder.
You have been lied to. There is nothing physically wrong with your brain and you don’t have a mental disease. We have been led to believe that social anxiety disorder is based on medicine and science, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Many people are shocked to find this out and so was I. I myself was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder when I was 16 years old and prescribed psychiatric drugs. The psychiatrist that prescribed the medication had only talked to me for about 10 minutes before deciding on her treatment.
This is a sham and an enormous number of people are suffering because of it. In this article, I will show you why some people would like you to buy into the social anxiety disorder myth and why you should run away from anybody that suggest it.
Note: I am not in no way, shape or form disavowing the pain and suffering you are going through (believe me, I know what it feels like). All I’m saying is that if we want to completely overcome our social anxiety, we need to change the way we look at the problem. Understand that having “social anxiety disorder” is only a label that you either choose to accept or reject. I have rejected the label and when I did, my social anxiety got way better, and I think that it can do the same for you.
Economic Incentive To Keep The “Social Anxiety As A Disorder” Myth Alive
Some like to promote the idea that social anxiety is a disorder. That’s because seeing our social anxiety as a “disorder” commands the use of prescription drugs. It’s the main reason why the psychiatric industry wants you to believe that your social anxiety is caused by a malfunctioning in your brain. They are in the business of making money, and lots of it!
The psychiatric industry is a 330 Billion $ industry… Now would it be too crazy to think that since such a huge pool of money can be made from prescribing drugs for mental disorders, that some people might have an incentive to keep this myth alive?
No, it’s not too crazy…
They do this because the only way to justify the use of prescription medication for mental disorders is if the problem is physical in nature.
Using drugs to “fix” social anxiety disorder only makes sense if the cause of your social anxiety would be because of a “defective” brain or “chemical imbalance” as they call it. But as you’ll see later, the chemical imbalance in the brain theory has been falsified and is unproven.
So what would happen if people started to catch on to this lie? The whole psychiatric industry would collapse. There’s a reason why half of all commercials on television is an ad for big pharma.
If people stop believing this myth, no money could be made from it.
Furthermore, psychiatrists are in the business of providing prescription medication. That’s how they make their lively hood. So a psychiatrist that tells his patient they are “ok” and do not suffer from any “mental illnesses” is not going to stay very busy… So here lays another incentive to prescribe medication.
By doing this, a psychiatrist can get “lifetime clients” that are sold the idea that the only solution to their “defective” brain is a cocktail of meds for the rest of their days. It’s complete nonsense!
Mental Disorders Are Voted Into Existence
Yup, you’ve heard right, all mental disorders have been voted into existence. A group of psychiatrist get together every year and decide which mental illness will or will not be added to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
Now does that sound like a very “scientific” approach to you? Yeah me neither.
The truth is that when it comes to psychiatry, mental illnesses are invented instead of being discovered.
The DSM only exist to help psychiatrist prescribe drugs. Even psychiatrist themselves admit that the way mental disorders are brought into existence is flawed. Here is what a couple of them had to say:
DSM-IV is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more political than scientific document…DSM-IV has become a bible and a money making bestseller—its major failings notwithstanding.” —Loren Mosher, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
The way things get into the DSM is not based on blood test or brain scan or physical findings. It’s based on descriptions of behavior. And that’s what the whole psychiatry system is.” —Dr. Colin Ross, psychiatrist
We can manufacture enough diagnostic labels of normal variability of mood and thought that we can continually supply medication to you…But when it comes to manufacturing disease, nobody does it like psychiatry.” —Dr. Stefan Kruszewski, Harvard trained Pennsylvania psychiatrist, 2004
In short, the whole business of creating psychiatric categories of ‘disease,’ formalizing them with consensus, and subsequently ascribing diagnostic codes to them, which in turn leads to their use for insurance billing, is nothing but an extended racket furnishing psychiatry a pseudo-scientific aura. The perpetrators are, of course, feeding at the public trough.” —Dr. Thomas Dorman, internist and member of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK, Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada
Some Of The Mental Disorders Voted In The DSM Are Also Voted Out
Take for example homosexuality. It was once considered by psychiatrists as a mental illness. But now they took it out of the DSM… Now tell me, if “mental disorders” were based on scientific research, why could they just decide next year that it was no longer a mental disease?
The answer is simple, it’s because mental illnesses are added and removed from existence because of economic and political reason’s, not science.
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have solid medical proof that my social anxiety is caused by a malfunctioning of my brain before I am given harmful drugs.
Considering that there are 42,000 deaths per year related to and caused by prescription medication, why are we so quick to jump to the conclusion that these people have our best interest in mind?
They clearly have more interest in lining their pockets with money off of our suffering.
Diagnosing Mental Disorders Is Decided On Observation Only
You would think that the diagnosis for something as serious and potentially harmful as having a “mental disorder” would go through rigorous test before jumping to the conclusion right?
But yet again, this is not the case. The diagnosis for whether or not you have a social anxiety disorder is often done in under 15 minutes and relies solely on your answers to specific questions.
Now am I suppose to believe that someone I’ve never met and who doesn’t know anything about me could conclude that there is a problem inside my brain simply by asking me a couple of questions? Unfortunately, many people fall for this.
Using this logic, whether or not you have a mental disorder is entirely subjective to the person doing the diagnosis. “Is this much social anxiety a disorder, or that much anxiety”?? There is NO concrete standard that could clearly define whether or not you are mentally ill…
Why give someone that much power over our lives? Especially when 99% of the time, their only “cure” will be medication. You can rest assured that in today’s day and age, a psychiatric diagnosis is synonymous to a psychiatric drug.
No Social Anxiety Gene Has Ever Been Found
If no social anxiety gene has ever been found, this then dismantles any of the genetic predisposition arguments portrayed by the psychiatric industry. Their claims are unfounded.
Unlike real medical diseases (which can be looked at and tested for), mental disorders seem to be based solely on opinions and whether or not you accept the label given to you. This means that “social anxiety disorder” only exists if you decide to.
It also means that social anxiety disorder is backed by nothing more than confidence… Do you have confidence in the person doing the diagnosis? Do you have confidence in the validity of the drug commercials portrayed on TV? Sadly, many people believe anything that is coming out of the mouth of someone wearing a white trench coat.
The fact that no social anxiety gene has ever been found leaves more evidence to believe that social anxiety is not genetic or hereditary, but actually environmental (caused by your past experiences and how you live your life on a daily basis).
Placebo’s Work As Well As Medication
Placeboes are substances (often just a sugar pill) that have no therapeutic effects on the patient. It is meant to test the validity and effectiveness of actual drugs to see if they actually work. And new studiesare finding out that much of the approved drug treatments for most anxiety “disorders” such as antidepressants, SSRI’s and beta blockers provide little benefits compared to a placebo.
So this begs the question: If the drugs don’t work, might that be because the diagnosis is flawed?
I believe so. The only reason why the drugs aren’t “fixing” the mental illness is that there was never an illness in the first place. Nothing is wrong with your brain. Your problem has to do with how you think and behave in your day-to-day.
The medication approach only deals with the symptoms and does not deal with the root cause of social anxiety.
Psychiatrists will try and convince you that psychotropic drugs are just like mainstream medical drugs. But is this really the case? The answer is no. You see, unlike a drug like insulin for example that corrects a PROVEN and measurable imbalance in the body, psychotropic medications have no visible or measurable physical abnormality to correct.
Plus, the potential small beneficial effects from the drugs seem to be outweighed by harmful effects (a.k.a the “side effects”). Often times, taking the medication road to deal with our social anxiety can make it worst in the long term.
This happens because taking medication to deal with our anxious feelings acts exactly like a control behavior, which is directly related to increasing our level of anxiety in social situations.
To learn more on control behaviors, check this out: How We Become Sensitized To Social Situations
Social Anxiety Is Not A “Mental Condition”, Its Simply Anxiety In Social Situations
Many people believe that feeling social anxiety is bad. They believe this because at every turn, our culture tells us that having negative emotions mean’s we are “doing life wrong”.
But the truth is that everybody feels anxiety in social situations from time to time. This is totally normal and healthy. Some people feel only a small amount and others feel an extreme amount. (My website is dedicated to helping the later understand why his/her social anxiety is so high and share tested, practical advice on how to reduce and overcome it naturally.)
The difference is when people start to see their social anxiety as a problem on its own instead of seeing social anxiety for what it actually is, just anxiety that you feel in social situations.
When we say “I have social anxiety” rather than “I feel social anxiety”, it’s as if social anxiety (a normal emotion that everybody feels from time to time) automatically transforms into a disorder.
We say “I have social anxiety” in the same way we say “I have diabetes” or “I have the flu”. But the two are not the same at all.
You feel social anxiety (from time to time), but you don’t “have” social anxiety disorder.
Psychiatrist turns normal everyday human emotions into a mental illness that needs to be handled with drugs.
And even though you might feel a lot more social anxiety than most, this does not make it a mental illness. Instead of calling it “social anxiety disorder”, a better more accurate way to depict the situation is to call it “disordered social anxiety”. This points out that your anxiety is too elevated for your taste, but you keep yourself from “fusing” with the label.
Don’t get me wrong… people do suffer in life and go through very difficult periods. I am not denying the existence of social anxiety. But I don’t buy that my social anxiety is a result of a broken brain, and neither should you. I saw first hand how changing my daily habits can have a massive impact on my overall level of social anxiety. And I’m 100% certain that they will help you also.
To learn how you really got a high level of social anxiety, read my 3 part guide that explains everything in detail: What Really Causes Social Anxiety Part 1: Childhood Programming
Psychiatry Is Not Recognized In The Medical Field (Not Based On Science)
The words “disorder”, “illness” and “condition” pack a hell of a punch on our psyche. It makes us believe that our brain is broken or malfunctioning. This is in part due to the fact that these words are often construed with their real medical terms.
On the biological level, words like these point to something being physically wrong with the way our body works. But as much as psychiatry would love you to believe this about your social anxiety, it is a lie fabricated to sell you drugs.
The diagnosis for a problem like social anxiety are all theoretical and are not based on scientific measurements. This is because your social anxiety has a lot more to do with your thinking, emotional and behavioral habits than with having a “defective” brain.
Social anxiety is a symptom of how you live your life. It’s the result of environmental factors such as your upbringing, the beliefs you hold, your past experiences and most importantly, how you deal with anxiety today…
For more on social anxiety as a symptom, click here: Your Shyness And Social Anxiety Are Only Symptoms Of The Underlying Problem
What psychiatrists call a disease is usually just a label for a group of symptoms. Unlike real medicine that uses science to discover diseases, psychiatry cannot prove that any of their so-called “mental disorders” are biological in nature.
The bottom line is this:
The #1 goal of modern psychiatry is to gain more and more psychiatric turf so that they can sell us more drugs.
The “Chemical Imbalance In The Brain Theory” Has Been Falsified Numerous Times
Psychiatry’s cornerstone argument for the existence of social anxiety disorder is the “chemical imbalance in the brain” theory. And even though this is widely believed and accepted by most people today, there is actually no scientific evidence supporting it.
This theory suggests that the reason why people develop psychiatric disorders (like social anxiety disorder) is that neurotransmitters are misfiring inside the brain and that medication can be used to regulate these imbalances.
Their reasoning is simple; since the drugs alleviate certain psychiatric conditions, then that is proof that there was a chemical imbalance in the first place. But this reasoning is flawed because it would suggest that everybody on planet earth has a chemical imbalance in the brain.
It’s kind of like saying that because aspirin stops headaches, that headaches are caused by the deficiency of aspirin… It’s completely bogus.
The chemical imbalance theory is just a clever tactic meant to trick people into believing that their difficulty can only be “cured” by the use of medication. There’s nothing scientific about their methods. Their bible; the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) acts more like a marketing tool for selling the unsuspecting public on mental disorders and the specific drugs to treat them.
What’s even worse is that most often than not, once someone is put on these dangerous mind-altering drug “treatments”, they become lifetime patients. There is no end in sight… “You have a disease and the only thing you can do is treat the symptoms, here you go, take your pills”.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, people build tolerances towards the drugs that are given to them and after awhile, the drug loses its effect. So psychiatrist regularly increases the patient’s dosage or adds other “medication” to the treatment.
Meanwhile, we are supposed to ignore the fact that antidepressants do not address the roots of the problem, they are the cause of 42,000 death per year, and many “patients” develop a dependence on these drugs, which can bring on a slew of other problems.
No Biological Test Can Prove The Existence Of “Social Anxiety Disorder” Or Any Other Mental Illness
Despite what you have been led to believe:
There is NO urine or blood test, MRI, PET scan, X-Ray, or biopsy that has ever validated the theory that the reason why you have social anxiety is that of biochemical factors.
Compare this to real medical diseases like cancer for example. A pathologist would very easily be able to see and identify its cell type under a microscope. But no anomaly can be seen or verified conclusively with mental disorders… It’s all improvised. It’s all conjecture and speculation…
Psychiatry uses bogus claims to turn normal human emotions that are just part of life and turns them into an illness. Getting sad and experiencing displeasure with your life becomes “major depressive disorder”. Having an acute fear of spiders becomes “Arachnophobia”. Having ups and downs becomes “bipolar disorder”. Feeling shy or anxious in social situation becomes “social anxiety disorder”.
But once we accept these labels as part of “who we are”, it does nothing less than to increase our sense of hopelessness in overcoming these difficulties. It’s an ingenious scam that renders millions to accept the drug treatment.
Take a trip down to the psychiatrist office and your almost certain to come out with a prescription for some type of medication. They have turned every human emotion that is not labeled “pure happiness and joy” into a disorder.
Many People Overcame Social Anxiety Naturally
When we look at our social anxiety as a disorder, the problem can get worst. It makes us believe that we are stuck like this, which further ingrains in us the idea that nothing except medication can “fix” the problem.
But this is also false, many people improve and even completely reverse their social anxiety by using totally natural techniques such as ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), mindfulness methods, comfort zone exercises and exposure therapy.
So if people that were diagnosed with “social anxiety disorder” can overcome this problem naturally without meds, doesn’t the validity of “social anxiety as a disorder” lose its credibility? The answer is a resounding YES!
No matter where you are in terms of your social anxiety at the moment, YOU CAN OVERCOME IT… but one of the first things to do is to lose the “disorder” label. Click the box just below this paragraph to view the video course that lets you do that and debunk 4 other huge social anxiety myths that are keeping you stuck.