Social Anxiety Disorder
Broadly, Social Anxiety Disorder refers to the fear of receiving negative evaluations by others in social situations. It comes in many different forms. Some sufferers experience anxiety and stress when they are required to speak to a room of people, or give a presentation at work. Others might give presentations for a living, but the idea of asking a romantic interest out on a date fills them with dread. Then there are those who struggle to use public restrooms or eat in front of friends and family. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps to increase the sufferer’s awareness of their unhelpful beliefs about social situations, and help them to overcome their fears. Group therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder has also been very effective in treating many individuals suffering from this diagnosis, and is offered at Stress and Anxiety Services.