Social anxiety is one of the most common anxieties people suffer from. Many don’t realize that there is treatment available for it. Social anxiety is often tied to low self esteem and low self confidence. While it is normal ot have some anxiety in social situations, if you suffer from Social Anxiety or Social Phobia, your anxiety in social situations can be overwhelming and cause you to avoid social situations.
You may have suffered from Social Anxiety for a long time, and have found ways to cope with it that have more or less allowed you to suffer in silence. Friends might say you are “shy” but you know it goes deeper than that. You may also hide it so well that no one knows how anxious you really are at parties, gatherings, and many other social situations.
You may also find yourself having stomach and bathroom issues caused by your anxiety. The effect upon your self confidence, self esteem, and social life can be huge. If you have social anxiety, you may be very lonely and experience shame over how it has affected you.
The good news is that you don’t have to suffer in silence. Psychotherapy, specifically CBT, is highly effective in treating Social Anxiety. Your therapist can teach you effective coping strategies and helpful techniques to help you overcome your anxiety and enjoy your life.
Social anxiety in adolescents and young adults
Teenagers and college aged kids often suffer from social anxiety. They fear looking “dumb” in social situations and will often take great pains to avoid them. Sometimes the anxiety may cause stomach and bathroom issues. They may avoid social gatherings such as parties, and any situation where they think they may embarrass themselves.
Social anxiety goes beyond shyness and can be very disruptive to one’s life. Teens and college students need to socialize, make new friends, and spend time with others in small groups and group activities. Social anxiety impacts self confidence and self esteem.
If you are a high school or college student and are suffering from social anxiety, it’s time to get the help you need. Your therapist can teach you effective coping strategies that will help you overcome your anxiety and rebuild your self confidence and self esteem.
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Social anxiety in children
Children sometimes show signs of social anxiety in their behavior: crying, tantrums, sweaty palms, shaking, extreme shyness, and avoidance of social situations. They may be afraid of looking bad or embarrassing themselves in front of others.
Untreated, your child’s social anxiety may begin affecting their self confidence and self esteem.
Working together with you, your child’s therapist can help them overcome their social anxiety. Please give us a call or schedule an appointment by clicking this link and selecting the day and time that works best for your child’s schedule.