SOCIAL ANXIETY TREATMENT & THERAPY
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What is Social Anxiety?
We all have moments where we feel a little shy about being in public or interacting with others, but having a social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia) is significantly more than that. It’s one of the most common anxiety disorders. In Canada, it impacts up to 13% of the population over the age of 15. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen those numbers go up — even in geographical areas where restrictions have lifted.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety
Signs and symptoms of a social anxiety disorder can include:
Fearing situations where you feel you may face judgement
Worrying excessively about embarrassing yourself
Extreme fear of interacting or engaging with strangers
Fearing that others may notice how anxious you feel
Fear of related symptoms, such as sweating, trembling, blushing, or stuttering
Avoiding speaking or certain activities to avoid embarrassment
Feeling intense fear or anxiety during social situations
Overanalyzing and worrying about what you said or did after a social event
Fearing and expecting the worst in social situations
Treatment for Social Anxiety
Social anxiety and related phobias tend to respond well to therapeutic treatment with a registered social worker, registered psychotherapist or clinical psychologist. The most common types of modalities include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and/or group therapy. Specific nutrition and lifestyle changes can also be beneficial, such as limiting caffeine, getting enough sleep, adopting relaxation and breathing techniques, and more. Psychotherapy, lifestyle adjustments, and supplements or medication — if needed — can help to provide hope to those struggling with this type of anxiety. Over time, the person will feel more in control, confident and calmer in social environments.
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FAQs – Social Anxiety
Who is most likely to experience social anxiety?
More women tend to experience social anxiety than men. Typically, it tends to start in childhood or during adolescence.
What causes social anxiety disorder?
There are various reasons that a social anxiety disorder can happen, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, family conflict, domestic violence, death of a family member, and maternal stress.
Can social anxiety be cured?
It is entirely possible to overcome a social anxiety disorder. For some, this naturally improves as they get older. For most, treatment is necessary, such as therapy and lifestyle changes. If you have symptoms of social anxiety disorder, seek out help. Treatment has shown to be very effective.
How does social anxiety affect your life?
Social anxiety can prevent you from truly living your life. You may avoid social situations and isolate yourself due to fear and anxiety. This can significantly impact your relationships and your mental health.
Can social anxiety cause depression?
Yes, social anxiety may cause depression. There is a very close association between general anxiety and depression as well. Due to the fact that many individuals with social anxiety may isolate themselves, they may also experience depression and other mental health issues.
Where can you get help for social anxiety?
At Bhatia Psychology Group, our dedicated and compassionate therapists have extensive experience helping those with social anxiety. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you improve your life and guide you toward having healthy social interactions with others.