CBT for social anxiety
What is social anxiety?
If you have a social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia or excessive shyness), it means that you have a persistent fear of social or other situations in which you fear you’ll be judged negatively by others.
Your social anxiety is likely to have developed in adolescence, so you may have grown up thinking that anxiety is a part of your personality and nothing can be done about it. However, the evidence is that social anxiety disorder is treatable with CBT.
Are you struggling with social anxiety?
It’s time to get help when:
- You have negative beliefs about yourself when you’re in social situations
- You experience anxiety in advance of social situations, and fear during the event in question
- You worry unduly about how you come across to other people
- You may avoid social situations entirely
- You have unrealistic expectations of how you should behave
- You are embarrassed about your physical symptoms of anxiety (blushing, stuttering etc.)
- You ruminate on past social interaction and think about how you could have done “better.”
CBT and social anxiety
The Royal College of Psychiatrists, NHS and NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) agree that CBT is the treatment of choice for social anxiety disorder.
By gently changing the way you think, behave and feel, you’ll learn to identify and manage the thoughts and feelings that are causing certain behaviours. Thanks to CBT, you can overcome the symptoms of social anxiety which will improve your quality of life.