We, as people with social anxiety, have constantly faced our fears ever since birth – we’ve had to – and we feel more fearful now than we did in the past. It is imperative you find a psychologist who understands social anxiety disorder completely – because if they don’t even know what it is – how will they know what to do to help you overcome it?
People with social anxiety disorder usually experience significant emotional distress in the following situations: This list is certainly not a complete list of symptoms -- other feelings have been associated with social anxiety as well.
The physiological manifestations that accompany social anxiety may include intense fear, racing heart, turning red or blushing, excessive sweating, dry throat and mouth, trembling (fear of picking up a glass of water or using utensils to eat), swallowing with difficulty, and muscle twitches, particularly around the face and neck.
In seeking support for this problem, search for a specialist -- someone who (a) understands this problem well and (b) knows from experience how to treat it. For example, does the therapist understand that you feel very self-conscious and that others are watching and forming a negative evaluation about you?
– or do they minimize what you’re saying and just say, "No, No, No, you’re fine ...
Research and clinical evidence alike indicate that cognitive-behavioral therapy, which should be comprehensive in nature, produces permanent changes in the lives of people.
Social anxiety disorder can be overcome, although it takes both consistency and persistence.
Under these circumstances, it is very doubtful they will be able to help you.
Also, remember that the professional should always welcome your questions.
Only the appropriate treatment works to alleviate social anxiety disorder, the largest anxiety disorder, and the one that few people know anything about.
The good news is that cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety has been markedly successful.
A good therapy program will supply the necessary and specific strategies as well as indicate to people how and why they need to practice, work on, and begin to accept rational thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and perceptions.