SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
WHAT IT IS
Social Anxiety Disorder is a condition that affects millions of Americans every year. It often develops in childhood or adolescence but can present later in life. Major life transitions, such as going to college, starting a new job, or retirement can be triggers for Social Anxiety, and the effects can be quite debilitating for some.
Common symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder include recurrent fears of receiving judgment from others, fear of embarrassment, fear of others noticing one’s own anxiety symptoms, recurrent worries about social rules or norms, and fear of being rejected by peers.
EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENTS OFFERED
The frontline treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder is Exposure Therapy, which incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and elements of social skills training if needed. Treatment typically is time limited and bound by goals that the client and therapist mutually agree on. The process is highly collaborative, experiential, and can even be quite fun.