For people with social anxiety disorder, something as simple as going out with friends can be terrifying. If you have a social anxiety disorder you may long for connection while at the same time feeling debilitated by social interactions. This causes you to feel isolated and alone.
At My LA Therapy, our social anxiety specialists can help you break free from the loneliness and insecurity that emerges as a result of social anxiety. We will help you heal the underlying causes of your fear of social interactions and help you learn to connect with people and enjoy your social life once again.
Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is the second most common type of anxiety disorder (after specific phobias) and the third most common mental disorder in the U.S. (after alcohol dependence and depression). It is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations.
The anxiety involved (intense nervousness) and self-consciousness can often build into a panic attack leading to avoidance of situations. In many cases, people with social anxiety disorder feel that there is “something wrong” but don’t recognize their feeling as a sign of illness; they are aware that the fear is unreasonable, yet are unable to overcome it.
Social Anxiety Disorder Factors and Causes
Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Treatment can be very effective and often includes a combination of:
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