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Online Social Anxiety Treatment

Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, can make individuals feel an overwhelming amount of anxiety during everyday life. This anxiety is typically described as a feeling of self-consciousness, perceived judgment from others, or critical scrutiny from others.

With this particular social disorder, it does not matter whether another individual is a close friend or a complete stranger because the feelings of judgment and anxiety will remain at the same intensity, which can make daily activities quite challenging. Fortunately, developing proper coping mechanisms with help from Dr. Allison Sikorsky can work to relieve these anxious thoughts and feelings before they escalate to a sense of complete helplessness.

Common Characteristics and Symptoms

Persons with social anxiety disorder often appear shy, quiet, and withdrawn. It is not that these individuals wish to avoid interactions or relationships with others, they just have more difficulty in cultivating them due to their social anxiety.

There is no clear cause as to why a person may have social anxiety, though the disorder does seem to be influenced by underdeveloped social skills, misreading of facial signals and body positioning from others, and a family history of social phobia.

Symptoms of social anxiety disorder can be experienced in a variety of common situations, such as:

  • Agoraphobia & Phone Call Anxiety
  • New introductions
  • Going to school or work
  • Being the focus of a conversation or event
  • Meeting authoritative figures
  • Dating
  • Being observed during a type of test or presentation
  • Eating in front of others
  • Making eye contact

Individuals with social anxiety often react to uncomfortable situations with a series of uncontrollable physical actions such as blushing, fidgeting, sweating, rapid heartbeat, stiff posture, speaking softly, or even becoming nauseous. These symptoms can be incredibly frustrating, as many with social anxiety disorder are able to logically realize that nothing bad is likely to happen to them in a triggering situation, but they are overrun with these common reactions regardless.

How At Your Service Psychiatry Treats Social Anxiety

Fortunately, social anxiety disorder is treatable. There is not a simple cure for this disorder, though symptoms can be properly managed throughout the individual’s life with help from a mental health specialist.

Psychotherapy

Dr. Sikorskys is able to assist patients in managing their symptoms of social anxiety using elements of psychotherapy to thoroughly discuss triggering situations and then develop a way to cope with them in a healthy way. Psychotherapy is also frequently referred to as talk therapy, which can be helpful in helping patients to realize what their triggers are, how they can avoid them, and how they can reduce their severity should they occur.

Find Social Anxiety Relief Today

The only way to appropriately treat social anxiety is to consult with a mental health specialist about your triggers, symptoms, and which coping mechanisms have worked well for you thus far. Dr. Sikorskys is currently accepting new patients, who may request an appointment by calling (833) 297-7792, or by submitting a request through our online form.