With participation in social media being as high as it is, it seems incongruous that “social anxiety disorder” (SAD) is so prevalent. By one estimate, social phobia, as it is also known, affects about 7 percent of the population at any given time. Those affected fear social situations that involve interaction with other people largely because they fear they are being negatively judged and evaluated by others. As a result of this chronic disorder that does not disappear on its own, people with SAD feel anxious and fearful in most areas of their lives. While antidepressant medications are commonly prescribed to treat the disorder, “cognitive behavioral therapy” (CBT) is needed to change the way SAD sufferers think, feel, and act.
Does the mere idea of going to a party fill you with dread? Do you struggle with small talk at the store? Is social anxiety a problem for you? Then please call our office. Our counselors have experienced dealing with this very common issue and we can provide the safe space and proven techniques that will help you. You deserve to enjoy speaking with people. Call one of our offices today or visit our website for a free online assessment.
P.S. While people with social phobia want to make friends and be included in social groups, they are often seen by others as being shy, quiet, backward, withdrawn, inhibited, unfriendly, nervous, aloof, and disinterested.