Social Anxiety Disorder

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IS IT SHYNESS, OR SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER?

Many of us feel self-conscious, or shy in unfamiliar social situations. It’s natural to feel cautious when faced with the unknown. For some, however, the fear of being judged by others can be so powerful that social situations are avoided, or painfully endured. While avoiding provides temporary relief, it can keep you from pursuing your goals, or from making the meaningful connections you so desire. This can further result in feelings of isolation, ineffectiveness, and even depression.

For someone with Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social Phobia, the following everyday situations can be so stressful that they are avoided or otherwise endured with extreme discomfort:

Meeting new people

Making small talk

Making eye contact

Talking on the phone

Being the center of attention

Being watched while doing something

Talking with people in authority

Speaking in meetings

Attending a job interview

Public speaking

Going on a date

Going to a party

Eating or drinking in public

Exercising in public

Using public restrooms

Social Anxiety Disorder can seem overwhelming, but it need not run your life. I can help you feel more confident in social interactions using scientifically-based interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy, and an approach to treatment that is compassionate, flexible, and collaborative. Please visit my specialties page on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for more information.