Social anxiety is one of the most common psychological conditions. Lots of people suffering from this condition actually don’t go to the psychiatrist, thinking that there is no help for them or because they are terrified. People who have social phobia usually think that the condition they have is a part of their personality and that it can’t be treated. Fortunately, they are not right. Today, there are many therapies that successfully treat social anxiety, the procedure of the treatment is different for every individual, and the same goes for recovery time. Some of the patients react faster to the treatment, while others much slower. That depends on different factors and there is not one social phobia, there are varieties of social phobia such as fear of speaking in front of auditorium, generalized social anxiety, fear of talking to unknown people and many more.
Social anxiety can be treated in different ways and one of them is treatment with drugs, while the other includes psychotherapy. Drugs that are used in the treatment are antidepressants, beta-blockers and anxiolytics. The most effective psychotherapy in the treatment of social anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The psychotherapy can be performed individually or in a group, and both ways are helpful.
You must know that the disorder will not vanish, because the drugs can relieve the anxiety that you are feeling, but they have effects on the symptoms and not the cause. Also, when using medicines you might experience some of the side effects such as sickness and headaches. Behavioral therapy doesn’t have side effects and it is highly recommendable in the treatment. The therapist will help you realize your irrational thoughts, which are responsible for fear and anxiety. By changing those beliefs, your dysfunctional fear will disappear. People who suffer from social anxiety are usually very introspective and the therapy will help them to be more aware of their surroundings and of what is happening around them and not in them.
Phases in social anxiety
There are different phases in social anxiety. The first is called silence, and it is characterized by solitude because when these people are alone, there is no risk that the fear will appear. Second, called risk taking, includes the effort to be surrounded with other people. And the third stage is known as failing, when a person fails to confront the fear and goes back to silence. That is when people seek for help. Beside drugs and psychotherapy, there are several pieces of advice that might be helpful, so try to be physically active, don’t drink coffee, don’t smoke and try to overcome your fears slowly.