My first journal article has been published in the journal Social Science and Medicine. The project prioritises the voices of people who have lived experience with social anxiety. This article considers how people actively live and cope with social anxiety and the particular strategies they employ to help manage distressing and disruptive anxious experiences. Request copy from author here.
Boyle. L.E (2018) The (un)habitual geographies of social anxiety disorder, Social Science and Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.03.002
Abstract: This article investigates experiences of Social Anxiety Disorder (‘social anxiety’) with reference to recent geographical debates on habit. It considers how habit simultaneously captures (un)reflective modes of being in the world and the foreboding disruptive capacity of uncertainty as people attempt to adapt to, negotiate and manage everyday life with social anxiety. Drawing on lived accounts from online questionnaires and online interviews with people diagnosed, or self-diagnosing, with social anxiety, it uncovers the relational and embodied practices-and the inherent spatialities of such practices-that enable individuals to (re)gain control of their socio-spatial surroundings. It also considers the capacity for habits to become disrupted and displaced through pervasive anxieties and persistent rumination and anticipation, situated within the context of participants’ everyday lives. This analysis highlights the social, spatial and temporal dimensions of socially anxious experiences. Overall, by interpreting lived experience in this way, this article introduces a socio-spatial dynamic to otherwise extremely limited accounts of social anxiety found outside of the dominant biomedical framework.