Avoiding social situations might seem the easy way to avoid social fears, but that strategy keeps the anxiety in place. If you dread group social interactions, contact experienced psychologist Damon G. LaBarbera, PhD, at Rockville Centre, New York. Dr. LaBarbera also offers telehealth services from Rockville Centre and Union City, New Jersey. He provides effective treatment to address social phobia and has treated thousands of clients with this disorder. Contact the office by phone or online for an appointment to work on reducing those social fears that limit your freedom and make everyday social interactions difficult.
Social anxiety symptoms arise when individuals feel they will be the center of attention or might be judged negatively. A frequent fear is that others will notice their anxiety symptoms, such as shaking or blushing. Less visible signs of your distress include:
More severe problems may be school dropout, refusal; to leave home or go to school, home, refusing to sit in a room with many other people, and avoiding careers where social interaction is required despite excellent abilities.
Social anxiety symptoms arise when individuals feel they will be the center of attention or where they may be judged negativel. A frequent fear is that others will notice their anxiety symptoms such as shaking or blushing. Less visible symptoms of your distress include:
To avoid social anxiety, a person may isolate, avoid public situations, only shop during off hours, and change their life goals to prevent problems that may require public speaking or group activities. Isolation can lead to reduced opportunities for advancement, fewer social or business contacts, and developing apathy about social life.
Treatment of social anxiety is similar to other types of anxiety, where an individual uses avoidance strategies.
Dr. LaBarbera provides cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a particularly effective treatment for social anxiety disorder. He teaches you to identify and challenge negative thoughts and develop coping and social skills to improve confidence.
Exposure-based CBT involves slowly preparing to face your most feared experiences. Skills training, role-playing, and practicing exposure to social situations gradually enable you to overcome your anxiety.
Call Damon G. LaBarbera, PhD, today or book an appointment online if you need help overcoming social anxiety disorder.