Most people who experience social anxiety often feel isolated and feel that there is little help available for them.
Many also feel that it’s unrecognized as a mental disorder and there currently exists no form of treatment!
This however couldn’t be further from the truth!
It is currently among the most common mental disorders globally and is widely recognized (if not often mistaken) among the medical community.
There are a number of treatments for dealing with and treating social anxiety which we’ll be outlined in the following article.
The most common form of treatment is therapy based and commonly referred to as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). CBT has proven to be very effective as it helps to identify the triggers of socially related anxieties and helps you tackle the cause of the problem.
CBT is a long-term process that is designed to help an individual change their behaviors in social settings as well as how they think, engage and interact around others.
There are two available options for CBT which are one-on-one sessions or group therapy sessions. This is definitely worth considering for those who have deep socially related anxieties.
Aside from therapy based treatments there are medications which have been used in thetreatment of social anxiety disorder. antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and beta-blockers are among the common prescription drugs for treating social anxiety.
The problem with medications are they’re not designed for a long-term solution but work more as a temporary blocker. Medications can take a few weeks to really effect as well and there may be need to chop and change prescriptions.
The use of medication should only be for individuals whose anxieties are getting in the way of day-to-day life. Your doctor can best advise of suitable meds but they should only be used as part of an ongoing process of treatment.
There are also alternate more natural courses of treatment such as the shyness and social anxiety system by Sean Cooper. This will involve learning more in-depth about the disorder and the possible triggers.
Which course of treatment is most suitable would depend on how much the disorder was affecting a person’s ability to cope in social environments.
Someone experiencing social anxiety disorder may undergo a combination of medicinal and therapy based treatments at the same time. Others may choose to just go it alone and see what they can find out about dealing with their socially related anxieties.
To sum up it really depends on how much it’s getting in the way of your day-to-day life when deciding the best course of treatment available for your needs.
A GP can best advise of the most suitable form of treatment based on the patients needs and circumstances. So if you do feel that social anxiety is getting in the way of your daily life then it’s best to speak to your GP.
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