If there is an individual in your life who you think might be dealing with social anxiety disorder (or may it's even you), there are several ways that can be helpful. Some options include listening without judgment, being a safe space, asking them what they need and helping them get the resources and treatments they desire.
What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?
Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia) is an intense fear of being judged or scrutinized by others.1 Social phobia can be isolating, and may prevent a person from having positive social experiences. Symptoms include fear of situations where one may be rejected, chronic worry about embarrassment, or avoidance of social situations. For example, some people avoid dating with social anxiety.
A medical expert, like a doctor, is best able to help you find the information and care you need. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis.
Social anxiety is treatable. Some tips for dealing with social anxiety include:
- Challenge negative thoughts
- Focus on others
- Control your breathing
- Face your fears
- Make an effort to be more social
- Avoid negative coping strategies
- Practice mindfulness techniques
- Stay in the present moment
- Focus on your five senses
Other tips for dealing with social anxiety include:
- Keeping a journal
- Living a healthy lifestyle
- Setting goals
- Rewarding yourself
- Taking a supplement
- Embracing "alone time"
Social anxiety disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk therapy”), medication, or both. A health care provider can help you determine the best treatment for you.