Social anxiety is an overwhelming fear of being scrutinized and judged by others in everyday social or performance situations. If you are often uncomfortable around people and tend to avoid situations where you interact with others, you may have social anxiety.
Most people with social anxiety know that their fears are excessive or unreasonable, but they are unable to overcome them. These painful sensations can severely restrict your ability to have a meaningful life.
Social anxiety in children can manifest itself through selective mutism, school refusal, or separation anxiety.
Other common behaviors include:
- Excessive embarrassment or shame in typical social situations
- Physical sensations such as blushing, sweating, trembling, or rapid heartbeat
- Avoiding parties, shopping, job-hunting, or dating
- Minimizing interactions with co-workers, teachers, or others in positions of authority
We’ll teach you to manage your social anxiety and provide you with tools and strategies to gain confidence.
We have great success in helping patients overcome social anxiety through both individual therapy as well as group therapy, which can be very effective in providing a safe environment in which to practice new social skills. When necessary, medication can be prescribed to minimize more debilitating impacts of social anxiety. Treatment often includes social skills training that can include practice in real world situations. You’ll learn to interact more successfully in your daily life, and enjoy the freedom to participate in all of life’s opportunities.