Social Anxiety Disorder

image-pr

Are You Affected By Any Of These Symptoms?

  • Low self-esteem
  • Trouble being assertive
  • Negative self-talk
  • Sensitivity to criticism
  • Poor social skills
  • Avoidance of social situations or extreme discomfort while in these situations

Could You Have Social Anxiety Disorder?

The above symptoms, coupled with an unreasonable fear of situations in which you believe others are judging you, combine to create a condition known as social anxiety disorder. People with this disorder often have difficulty performing basic interactive functions like going to the grocery store or writing checks in public. Though these tasks might seem simple to the average person, they can cause extreme fear and self-consciousness for a person who suffers from this condition.

Free Social Anxiety Test

If you think you may suffer from social anxiety disorders, take our Free Social Anxiety Test. If you have any questions or need help, contact us immediately.

Emotional And Behavioral Signs Of Social Anxiety Disorder Include:

  • Fear of being in situations with unfamiliar people
  • Fear of situations in which you may be judged
  • Concern about embarrassing or humiliating yourself
  • Fear that others will notice you’re anxious
  • Anxiety that disrupts your daily routine, work, school, or other activities
  • Avoiding situations where you might be the center of attention

Physical Signs Of Social Anxiety Disorder Include

  • Blushing
  • Shaking
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty talking
  • Shaky voice
  • Muscle tension
  • Confusion
  • Cold and clammy hands
  • Difficulty making eye contact

If you have social anxiety disorder you may experience all or most of these symptoms during the simplest of social functions, even if you are not the center of attention. In most cases, people who experience this disorder are aware they are making more of a situation than may be warranted, but they still worry about having symptoms that will betray them. This extra concern often causes or increases the anxiety they typically feel in social situations.

What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder?

Extensive research has revealed several possible reasons for this debilitating condition, including:

  • Chemical changes
  • Growing up in a family that exhibits anxious behavior
  • A heightened fear response from the brain
  • Having parents who were over-protective or controlling
  • Childhood experiences of: teasing, bullying, rejection, ridicule, humiliation

Approximately 3-13% of the people in Western countries suffer from social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. The condition begins in the early-to-mid teens for most people and occurs in women more often than in men.

Social Anxiety Treatment

We can help you if you feel you have anxiety. Social anxiety disorder can often lead to substance abuse, excessive drinking, depression, or suicide. Even without these extreme instances, people who suffer from this disorder will find that it dramatically affects their life, often interfering with work, school, relationships, or one’s enjoyment of life.

Specific Social Anxiety Treatments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to improve symptoms in up to 75% of people treated. This treatment focuses on the idea that your own thoughts (not those of other people) determine how you behave or react. In vivo exposure therapy is another successful treatment. Through this therapy, patients work up to facing the situations they fear the most. Exposure therapy induces situations that allow you to become better able to cope with anxiety while participating in role playing to practice social skills. Relaxation and stress management techniques are often also employed. Medications are also useful. There is no need for you to suffer any longer.

What We Treat

The Center for Treatment and of Anxiety and Mood Disorders specializes in treating a wide variety of disorders including:

Types of Therapy

The Center offers cutting edge therapy designed to get you on the road to a speedy recovery. We will help you to learn how to live your daily life free from the fears or compulsions that inhibit you or your child’s ability to complete each day’s tasks.

Mindfulness Training

Mindfulness Training

Learn More

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Learn More

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic
Psychotherapy

Learn More

Medications

Medications

Learn More

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Learn More

Intensive Weekend Programming

Intensive Weekend Programming

Learn More

In-Vivo Exposure Therapy

In-Vivo Exposure Therapy

Learn More

More Ways to Get Help Now

We offer cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, group therapy. and medication. Depending on your needs, here’s how you can get help now:

stock4

Online or Phone
Therapy

For individuals around the country or those wanting help from the comfort of your own home, we offer therapy via Facetime, Skype or phone.

Click for online therapy info

stock3

In Person
Treatment

We have professionals available 7 days a week. Our offices are conveniently located in the Boca/Delray area.

Call for more info

stock2

Intensive Weekend
Programs

For those who prefer a more short-term approach we offer weekend sessions for individuals or groups. Perfect for those with a less flexible work schedule.

Call for more info

Contact Us Today for a Confidential Assessment.
Call 561-496-1094 or Fill out the Form Below.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Call Us (561) 496-1094