Social Anxiety Disorder
Treatment For Social Anxiety Disorder
Have you avoided certain situations such as going on a date or accepting a job interview because you were worried about embarrassing yourself? Everyone has these fears from time to time, but for some people, everyday interactions such as talking to coworkers or meeting someone new can cause extreme anxiety that can affect their daily lives. If the above scenarios are ones that you can relate to, you may have Social Anxiety Disorder.
People who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as social phobia, have an intense fear of being judged or rejected. They also worry about appearing visibly anxious. Because of this, it can be difficult to get a job, succeed in school, or find and maintain healthy relationships. To make matters worse, people with Social Anxiety Disorder also have a higher risk of substance abuse and depression.
Symptoms and Behaviors of Social Anxiety Disorder
When a person with the disorder is in a social situation, there are several physical symptoms that can manifest, including:
- Excessive Sweating
- Difficulty Speaking
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Trouble Breathing
People with Social Anxiety Disorder often feel helpless — like they have no control over how their mind and body react to social situations. Therefore, they will usually go out of their way to avoid these situations altogether. Unfortunately, it’s not just a matter of turning down a party invitation. This extreme form of anxiety affects everyday experiences such as going to work or school, going out to eat, or going to the grocery store.
There are several risk factors for developing Social Anxiety Disorder. Some of them include family history, negative experiences such as being teased or bullied as a child, as well as a chemical imbalance in the brain. People who are naturally shy and introverted may also be at a greater risk.
Social Anxiety Disorder can make it difficult to enjoy life. People who struggle with it go out of their way to evade social situations and may turn to unhealthy methods of coping when they are unavoidable. Over time, the following complications may arise as a result:
- Poor social skills
- Low self-esteem
- Low achievement in work or school
- Reduced number or quality of relationships
- Social isolation
- Substance abuse
Overcoming Social Anxiety Disorder
Social phobia is a complex mental health condition in which normal social interactions cause irrational anxiety. There are some things you can do, however, to reduce your symptoms. For instance, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine, getting plenty of rest, and engaging in activities that are calming and enjoyable can help to ease anxiety.
To truly gain freedom from this debilitating disorder, it’s important to seek help from a professional who can help you improve your ability to interact with others and guide you toward finding better mechanisms for coping with symptoms.
Treatment For Social Anxiety Disorder in Beverly Hills
If you’re struggling with Social Anxiety Disorder, Blair Wellness Group of Beverly Hills can help. We provide a broad range of therapy, treatment, and counseling services aimed at helping people overcome their personal challenges in a safe and supportive environment. Under the caring and compassionate care of Dr. Cassidy Blair, clients can regain control of their lives by learning new ways of thinking that can help them feel less anxious and fearful.
Get the Help You Need at Blair Wellness Group
If you’re struggling with Social Anxiety Disorder, it can be difficult to reach out and make an appointment with someone with whom you’ve never met. We want to make it easier to get the help you need by not only offering in-person appointments, but also telephone, teletherapy, and virtual sessions.
Don’t delay your happiness any longer — regain control of your thoughts and feelings by contacting Blair Wellness Group of Beverly Hills at 310.999.4996 and make an appointment today.
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