The Hikikomori​: Japans Lost Generation

When the societal pressures for success become unbearable, over a million Japanese youth escape by confining themselves to their rooms. This phenomenon has been referred to as Hikikomori. Hikikomori is seen as a culture-bound disorder and is characterised by similar traits to social anxiety and agoraphobia. However, it is a completely unique situation as the causes of … Continue reading The Hikikomori​: Japans Lost Generation

What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking treatment that focuses on how thoughts, beliefs and attitudes can affect your feelings and behaviour. It suggests that thoughts create feelings which then creates a behaviour. This behaviour then reinforces the thoughts we have about ourselves. For example, Sally has social anxiety but has to attend a party on … Continue reading What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is defined as a persistent and overwhelming fear of social situations where embarrassment may occur. This fear creates a significant impairment in social, occupational or other areas of functioning. This fear will typically last for 6 or more months. Some common symptoms are blushing, fast heartbeat, trembling, sweating, upset stomach, difficulty breathing, … Continue reading What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?