Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment Questions and Answers
If you have a social anxiety disorder, come to Bay Area Ketamine Center to meet with our board-certified doctor. We are experienced in treating social anxiety disorder and can help you improve your quality of life, so you can live it more fully. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 746 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024.
For some, meeting new people can be exciting, but for others, it can conjure feelings of fear. While it is normal to feel anxious when in large groups or new social settings, someone with social anxiety disorder has an intense and persistent fear of being judged by others. It can lead to negative thoughts that are self-punishing, which can make it difficult to be around others or perform simple, daily activities. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments to improve social anxiety disorder, which work to help people living with the condition to better manage their emotions and control their thoughts.
How do you know you have social anxiety?
Social anxiety disorder is experienced in different ways for each person, however there are some common situations that people tend to have trouble with, including:
- Talking to strangers
- Speaking in public
- Making eye contact
- Entering rooms
- Using public restrooms
- Going to parties
- Eating in front of other people
- Going to school or work
- Starting conversations
Everyone who is socially anxious has different reasons for fearing certain situations. However, in general, it is an overwhelming fear of:
- Being judged by others in social situations
- Being embarrassed or humiliated, which is often met in response by blushing, sweating, or shaking
- Accidentally offending someone
- Being the center of attention
Although everyone reacts differently to social anxiety, they might have physical symptoms like:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle tension
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Stomach trouble and diarrhea
- Inability to catch breath
- “Out-of-body” sensation
Is Social Anxiety considered a mental illness?
Yes, social anxiety disorder is a mental health condition, otherwise known as a mental illness. It is an intense and persistent fear of being judged by others. It can have a negative effect on work, school, and other day-to-day activities.
What happens if social anxiety is left untreated?
In general, social anxiety disorder tends to worsen over time if left untreated. It can progress from fearing a single social situation to multiple, or even burgeon into a generalized fear of people. Untreated social anxiety disorder can cause difficulty with jobs, either holding a position or starting a new one, as well as social relationships, which can cause a person to have limited or no friends. Increasing isolation can lead to the development of other disorders, such as depression, substance abuse, and further anxiety disorders.
If social anxiety disorder is left untreated, it can become chronic and increasingly life-limiting. Over time, it can become more difficult to fight the phobia and maintain a good quality of life. However, with treatment, the prognosis is overwhelmingly positive.
Do you need to see Therapist or doctor for Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety disorder generally requires help from a medical expert, such as a qualified psychotherapist or doctor experienced in treating mental disorders. In some cases, certain techniques can help people handle situations that are likely to trigger symptoms, such as:
- Learn stress-reduction skills
- Get physical exercise on a regular basis
- Get enough sleep
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
- Avoid alcohol
- Limit or avoid caffeine
- Participate in social situations with comforting people
If you have social anxiety disorder, come to Bay Area Ketamine Center to meet with our board-certified doctor. We are experienced in treating social anxiety disorder and can help you improve your quality of life, so you can live it more fully. Call us today to book an appointment for social anxiety disorder, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 746 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024. Our office is open five days a week, from Monday to Friday, during the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Los Altos, CA, Sunnyvale CA, Palo Alto CA, Stanford CA, Atherton.