Dr. Aziz Gazipura, PsyD, explained his struggle with social anxiety disorder (SAD) in his highly-ranked book titled, “The Solution to Social Anxiety”,
“The worst part about this shyness was not that I couldn’t go after what I wanted in life. It wasn’t that I felt nervous and tense in my body much of the time. It wasn’t even that I was unable to bring myself to ask women out on a date because of my intense fear of rejection…it was that I believed I was going to be stuck like this forever.”
Social anxiety disorder, often called social phobia, is characterized as a fear of being watched or judged by others. Typical symptoms of SAD include:
- Blushing, sweating, trembling, heart racing, or feeling as though one’s mind is going “blank” when around other people
- Feeling nauseous around people
- Making little eye contact and maintain a rigid posture around others
- Finding it very scary to be around other people, especially those a person doesn’t know
- Becoming very self-conscious in front of others
- Fearing judgment from others
- Staying away from places where there are other people
If you have been diagnosed with SAD, you can likely relate to all of these signs. It can be challenging to put oneself out there into the world and communicate with people – this brings a lot of anxiety to many situations, affecting many aspects of daily life. Thankfully, treatment is available to help you recover from SAD.
Treatment often involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of therapy that helps clients to overcome negative, unhelpful thoughts patterns and replace them with newer, more positive and productive ones. A study published in the journal PLoS One involved the assessment of 204 participants with a diagnosis of SAD; treatment involved a 9-week CBT program and participants were assessed on their levels of general anxiety, depression, and quality of life both before and after treatment. Results revealed that CBT helped participants substantially improve in all three of these aspects; other research has confirmed the effectiveness of CBT as well.
If you’ve been struggling to live the life you deserve because of your SAD, reach out to a reputable treatment center and seek help today.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.