Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?
SA affects people differently in a multitude of ways. Some people compensate by 'trying to hard', others have other things that link in with SA.
A friend i work with has SA, she's highly sociable and is very chatty.My friend also didn't like eating around others and so developed an eating disorder.
Another friend of mine who has SA, he has 'performance anxiety' associated with his SA and so avoids women completely and does not feel attracted to them because of it.
It can affect our physiology, so our body will 'not let us' do something. It's our body's way of saying "hey, im anxious" so we are tense, muscles tighten and restrict, certain chemicals aren't released etc.
When you learn to lessen that anxiety, your appetite will come back, as your body will not be on 'red alert'.
1. Anxiety is an ALARM SYSTEM that believes a threat is imminent.
2. Our body & mind freak out, a strong sense of self needs protection.
3. 'What others think' - is a key concept in our mind which can be deconstructed so that it doesn't seem so threatening to our self, hence we need less protection, hence less anxiety alarm.