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  • Social Anxiety Disorder

    Social Anxiety Disorder, sometimes called social phobia, affects approximately 15 million American adults and is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder. For many people, it doesn't go away on its own without treatment.  It's important to manage the thoughts and physical symptoms associated with the disorder and create a healthier quality of life.

    What is a Social Anxiety Disorder?

    • Psychology Today describes a person who has Social Anxiety Disorder as having "a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions."

    • Social Anxiety Disorder often runs in families and a person may experience other anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder. It is important to seek professional treatment and not turn to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs which can lead to addiction.

    Social Anxiety Symptoms Can Include:

    • Blushing
    • Shaking
    • Nausea
    • Difficulty talking
    • Muscle tension
    • Shaky voice
    • Confusion
    • Cold and clammy hands
    • Difficulty making eye contact
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Avoid places with people
    • Fear of judgemnt

    Treatment For Social Anxiety Disorder:

    Psychotherapy is known by a few different names: counseling, talk therapy, or simply, therapy. Psychotherapy is a way of treating unwanted thoughts or feelings with the goal of developing healthier habits and coping skills.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common treatment. It aims to help the person recognize and change negative thoughts or beliefs about social situations. It also aims to change people’s behaviors or reactions to situations that trigger anxiety.

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses strategies such as mindfulness and goal setting to reduce your discomfort and anxiety.

    Our team of professional therapists is dedicated to clients' care and services Fort Walton, Niceville, and surrounding communities. Call us at 850-757-1552 to schedule an appointment today.