- Do you experience fear when engaging with unfamiliar people?
- Does your public speaking fear limit your career and prevent you from a more fulfilling life?
- Do you tend to avoid any situation in which you might have to speak in front of others?
- Do you constantly worry about upcoming public speaking events or other social situations?
Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is a common anxiety disorder. Social anxiety disorder is characterized by significant fear or anxiety about meeting unfamiliar people, performing in front of others, or engaging in certain social situations. For example, some experience overwhelming fear when speaking in public or when meeting new people. At the worse, individuals may experience a panic attack when thinking about an upcoming event or when the event occurs. Anticipating a social situation can cause significant worry and anxiety, called Anticipatory Anxiety, and these feelings can actually feel worse than the anxiety felt during the situation.
Social anxiety typically occurs in childhood from an event that caused significant embarrassment and from one’s temperament, such as being socially inhibited. As a child, you may have been laughed at by other children, bullied or scolded by an adult, which triggered neurological changes that ultimately led to social anxiety. Social anxiety arises between the ages of 8 and 15 for 75% of individuals. A typical coping mechanism is avoidance; however, although the avoidance may minimize your anxiety and fear, this behavior can actually exacerbate your social anxiety over time.
Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Fortunately, there are efficacious and enduring treatments for social anxiety. Psychological treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have been found to be especially effective in treating social anxiety.
If you feel that your social anxiety is negatively impacting your life and hindering you from reaching your potential, you might consider mental health counseling and treatment. Dr. Mazzei, Health Psychologist, has worked with numerous individuals in helping them overcome their social anxiety. She specializes in CBT, ACT, biofeedback, and hypnosis in addition to other helpful social phobia treatments. Within a nonjudgmental and supportive therapeutic environment, she will help you gain insight, develop effective and long-term coping skills, and improve your overall well-being.
How do I get started?
The best place to start is by speaking to our staff, who can discuss social anxiety disorder treatment, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment with Dr. Mazzei. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an initial consultation, please call or contact us today.
Connect with us
Evolutions Behavioral Health Services is located at 3120 N. Arizona Avenue, Suite 103, Chandler, AZ, 85225. Additionally, Dr. Mazzei offers teletherapy for online social anxiety treatment. You can reach us at (480) 448-6755.