Social anxiety (also known as social phobia) is an anxiety disorder associated with excessive fear of social situations. People who suffer from social anxiety disorder fear being closely watched, judged, or even criticized. Consider some common behaviors connected with this disorder:
- People may feel frequent anxiety, embarrassment or shame in ordinary social situations
- Being noticed or “put on the spot” can result in inability to speak or anxiety attacks
- Panic attacks, trembling, and crying may be common in social settings
- People with social anxiety may avoid activities like attending classes or parties, shopping, using the public restroom, dating, job hunting, and more
The OCD and Anxiety Center in Chicago is experienced in helping patients overcome their social anxiety and grow in social skills. We use cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy and medication as needed to help remedy this condition. We even provide social skills training when needed to help patients develop more confidence in real-world settings. Regardless of your specific case of social anxiety, we’re here to help! Contact us today to get started with the process.