WHAT IS SOCIAL ANXIETY?
Social Anxiety is a fear that causes significant anxiety and avoidance of people or particular situations. Social anxiety can become so overwhelming that they interrupt your life. People with social Anxiety (approximately 10% of the population) usually realize that their fears are ‘irrational,’ but still cannot control them. Even simply thinking about socializing can create anxiety. Understandably, this can seriously impede your lifestyle and create inconveniences for those you love.
Help Is Available.
Understanding social anxiety is the first step to overcoming it, and it is important to know that it is highly treatable. Studies have shown that treatments can reduce your anxiety you can overcome your fears, no matter how out of control they feel. You can learn strategies in therapy that can help you take away your social anxiety and start living a fuller life.
Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, is a fear of social situations where you expect to feel embarrassed or judged. This phobia is very common: more than one out of eight people suffer from social phobia at some point in their life. If you have social phobia, you may feel excessively self-conscious and/or afraid of humiliating yourself in front of others. Your anxiety over how you will look and what others will think may lead you to avoid certain social situations you’d otherwise enjoy. Fear of public speaking is a type of social phobia. Others include fear of eating or drinking in public, talking to strangers, taking exams, mingling at a party, or being called on in a classroom
TREATMENT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY
Dr. Zackson specializes in therapy for social anxiety, and will work with you to determine the best therapeutic approach for you. She will help you recognize negative thoughts and find ways to think more positively. Gradually, you will be able to face the situations you have been afraid of in the past, and in that process discover that your fears usually do not come true. Specific, customized exercises, relaxation and breathing techniques, and homework are all ways in which Dr. Zackson can help you fight and conquer your social anxiety.