Social anxiety disorder or also known as social phobia, makes everyday interactions result in anxiety, fear, self-consciousness and embarrassment since you fear being judged by others.
Social Phobia is a chronic mental health condition, but can be treated with medications, psychological counseling, and learning how to master coping skills, to help improve your confidence and ability to engage with other people.
Social anxiety disorder is usually a result from an interaction of environment and genes. Possible causes include: Inherited traits - Anxiety disorders are shown to run in families. Although it isn’t clear how much is due to genetics, and how much is due to learned behaviors. Brain structure - The amygdala (uh-mig-duh-la) can possibly play a role in being able to control fear. People who have an overactive amygdala can experience a heighted fear response, increasing anxiety in social settings. Environment - After witnessing the anxious behaviors of others, you can possibly develop social anxiety disorder since this can be a learned behavior. There are many associations between this anxiety disorder and over protective or controlling parents.
Psychotherapy and medications are the most common methods to help reduce the symptoms and fear that comes with having social anxiety disorder or social phobia. Psychotherapy Psychotherapy counseling helps improve the symptoms caused by social anxiety disorders. During therapy sessions you learn to understand and correct any negative thoughts you may contain about yourself and to develop skills to increase confidence within yourself during social activities. Cognitive behavioral therapy is highly recommended type of counseling for those who suffer from social phobia. This type of therapy helps to improve your coping skills and helps to develop the confidence to deal with the anxiety-inducing occurrences. Medications There are various types of medications that can be used to treat social phobias. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are usually the first type of medication that is prescribed for persistent symptoms. To reduce any possible side effects your doctor might start you at a low dose of medication and slowly increase the dose to the full amount. Other Medications Other medications may also be prescribed to help ease symptoms of social anxiety disorder. Some of these medications can include: