Social Anxiety Disorder
In many people's minds, the concept of Social Anxiety Disorder (aka Social Phobia) centers around shyness. But it's much more than that. Social Anxiety really involves intense fear of certain social situations; especially ones in which you’ll be watched or evaluated by others, leading to worry that you'll be embarrassed or humiliated in public. These social situations may be so frightening that you get anxious just thinking about them or go to great lengths to avoid them.
What is Social Anxiety (Social Phobia)?
The Difference Between Shyness and Social Anxiety
Shying Away: Dealing With Patterns That Feed It
Take a Social Anxiety Test
HealthyPlace.com member, Sarah, who has suffered with SAD for 8 years says it's paralyzing. She feels isolated and lonely, which in turn makes her depressed. You can hear her Social Anxiety Disorder story here (#9 in the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" widget in the center of the page).
But there is hope, as many different treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder exist. Dr. Luann Linquist has been in practice for over 20 years and works with Anxiety and Phobia patients. She uses various "brief therapy" techniques for treating Social Anxiety Disorder, including one called the "Delete Technique."
Do You Have Social Anxiety Disorder?
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