Being the third-largest psychological issue in the U.S., the problem of social anxiety has likely affected you directly or someone very close to you. The folks who are afflicted with social anxiety, often classified as social phobia, have trouble interacting in social environments. The good news here is that there are many types of effective treatments that can be used. These treatments fall into a group called social anxiety therapy.
The patient with social anxiety often experiences physical symptoms, such as:
- shortness of breath
- chest pains
- sweating and
Unfortunately for them, these are often signs of heart attacks. In fact, panic attacks are often mistaken as such, forcing these individuals into a truly awkward social situation where they are indeed the center of uncomfortable attention; the emergency room!
Social Anxiety Therapy Focuses:
Typically, social anxiety therapy focuses on exposing the individual to various degrees of social interactions. The thinking is that with a slow enough exposure to more and more complex social situations, with the guidance and safekeeping of a trained therapist, consumers of social anxiety therapy will be able to build their tolerance to social situations.
With enough exposure, these problems can be controlled or disappear completely. This form of social anxiety therapy is referred to as exposure treatment and falls under the school of thought known as Cognitive Behavioral Psychology.
There are other forms of treatment to social anxiety that can be used instead of, or in conjunction with exposure treatment. Among the most common of these is Psychopharmaceutical Treatment.
This, as you might guess, involves the treatment of social anxiety with drugs such as sedatives and anti-depressants. The thinking, in this case, is that the social component of the affliction can be controlled if either the general anxiety of the individual or the depression of the individual can be addressed.
This makes some sense as depression is frequently found with anxiety and is therefore of key interest to Social Anxiety Treatment.
This, however, is not without controversy. Is it because the person is anxious that they are depressed or is it because they are depressed that they are anxious? Knowing what drives what can be a very important part of social anxiety therapy, but alas, it can be very difficult to tease apart.
Reference Book (I also read this book for my degree purpose. In this book you will get few tools for homework. You can solve alone the various psychological problems by using this tools): The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution