A chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety. For people with social anxiety disorder, everyday social interactions cause irrational anxiety, fear, self-consciousness and embarrassment. Symptoms may include excessive fear of situations in which one may be judged, worry about embarrassment or humiliation or concern about offending someone.
Social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia) is a mental health condition. It is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear can impact your work, school, and other daily tasks. Social anxiety disorder can make it hard to make and maintain friendship connections. People may experience: Psychological: depression or fear. Also common: anxiety, palpitations, social isolation, or sweating
Factors affecting LGBTI people
The majority of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+)1 people lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. However, studies have discovered that non-heterosexual individuals can encounter twice as much abuse than their heterosexual counterparts. This prejudice and discrimination adds an additional layer of risk on top of biological, social, environmental and psychological factors which can lead to mental health conditions.
Research and real life experiences have found that LGBTIQ+ people have an increased risk of depression and anxiety, substance abuse, self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
When compared with heterosexual people, same-sex attracted and transgender people have higher levels of psychological distress and substantial levels of anxiety. Ref: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Your sexuality holds an important role in your identity and sense of self. Heterosexual people can also feel concern regarding their sexuality, especially if they believe their needs are not accepted in their social environment.
It is natural and common to be confused or question your sexuality at a young age. Sexual orientation — being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight — is about sexual attraction. All of these sexual orientations are perfectly normal. At Crestpoint we have a very compassionate and understanding group of individual practitioners who can support those who are unsure about issues surrounding themselves, their identity or sexual orientation. Please contact our reception on (07) 3420 6322 to ask about who would be the best person at Crestpoint Psychology and Wellbeing Centre to help support your needs, or email for more information
Issues Linked to Sexuality
Lack of sexual desire.
Anxiety or uncertainty about sexual orientation.
Conflicting sexual desires between partners.
Recovery from sexual abuse or assault.
Body image issues.
Sexual impulses or compulsions that cause distress.
LINKS TO ANXIETY about Sex
Performance anxiety usually results from a person’s negative thoughts about their capacity to perform well during sexual activity. A person may be worrying about sexual inadequacy or the inability to please a partner. Factors that can influence these feelings include: body image. Stress and anxiety may trigger an increased production of stress hormones and a lower level of testosterone which plays a role in your sex drive. Talk to our professional team today for more information on who can best support your mental health and wellness journey