Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder is the most common anxiety disorder and is characterized by an intense fear of normal social situation. This causes distress and can impair the sufferer’s ability to function in daily life. Often the sufferer recognizes their anxieties or fears as unreasonable but cannot move to overcome them without help. The anxiety can be generalized – applying to a wide range of social situation – or can be tied to a particular situation.

Some of the symptoms of social anxiety disorder are:

  • Constant fear of being judged by others
  • Physical fear response when talking to strangers: rapid heartbeat, sweating, upset stomach
  • Inability to pick up the phone and make a required phone call
  • Knowing that the fears are irrational, but being unable to quell them
  • Worry about what others think hours after speaking up in public

 

Social anxiety disorder can be treated in several different ways, including psychotherapy and behavioural therapy. In order to choose the right combination of treatments, an assessment must first be done. The trained and licensed therapists at Insight Psychological can handle this for you. Please call us today and make an appointment.