Typically, social anxiety presents as:
Fear around social situations, including meeting new people;
Blushing, sweating or stuttering in social situations;
Difficulty making and maintaining relationships;
Fear of speaking in public;
Avoidance of others due to a fear of being judged;
An increase in the use of alcohol or drugs;
Suicide or suicide attempts.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been found to provide long-term benefits and often includes a combination of exposure therapy, skills training and role playing. It is important to note, while medication may be used to compliment therapy, research suggests therapy alone is often an effective treatment. CBT does however, require commitment to practice skills and complete tasks outside the therapy room.
When considering if you or someone you know would benefit from psychological support to help manage social anxiety, we need to consider the impact their anxiety has on their relationships, work, school and ability to enjoy life in general as this is often a motivator for change.
Evolving Minds provide counselling in the Sutherland Shire to adults, children and adolescents who are impacted by social anxiety.
If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions please call (02) 8519 4197. You may also make an appointment by clicking the button below.