Access Online Treatment for Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) also known as social phobia is one of the most common anxiety disorders. While approximately 12% of the population have social anxiety disorder, a whopping 7 out of 10 of us have some degree of social anxiety. It is recognised by an intense fear of one or more social situations causing considerable distress and impacting on daily life.
Although many people worry about social situations and approval by others, individuals with social anxiety disorder will spend considerable time worrying prior to, during and following a social situation. Some common fears within social anxiety is the fear of appearing incompetent, embarrassed, blushing, shaking and sweating. There are a number of physical anxiety symptoms that can appear and some people go on to experience panic attacks.
It is a complex anxiety disorder that can have debilitating effects on an individuals life, preventing someone from forming relationships, developing friendships, achieving with work and hobbies. Many individuals with social anxiety disorder make important life choices around this condition which has led some people to refer to it as the “illness of lost opportunities”.
Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Social Anxiety
Often social anxiety disorder starts as child or adolescent and many people go on to suffer for years experiencing problems with confidence and self esteem before finally seeking professional help. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for social anxiety disorder. It involves uncovering and understanding unhelpful beliefs and behaviour patterns. Overcoming social anxiety involves modifying unhelpful thoughts, introducing helpful behavioral approaches to feared situations and updating underlying core beliefs. It does require a commitment, Positive Mind Works offers weekly online Skype sessions with a psychologist. The length of treatment depends on individual circumstances but can be anywhere from 4 to 16 sessions.