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Often referred to as social phobia, social anxiety disorder is marked by an overwhelming fear of being judged, embarrassed, or humiliated in social settings.

This type of anxiety can greatly affect someone's personal and work life, underscoring the importance of consulting with a mental health professional for appropriate treatment and support.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) at ​Reliant Family Psychiatry in Mansfield & Grand Prairie, TX.

​Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) at ​Reliant Family Psychiatry in Mansfield & Grand Prairie, TX.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by intense fear and anxiety surrounding social interactions, such as engaging in conversations, encountering new people, or performing in front of others. People with this condition often have a deep-seated fear of being seen in a negative light by others, worrying about potential embarrassment, humiliation, or rejection.

They may experience anxiety at the thought of being judged in social scenarios, which can affect them before, during, and after such events. Consequently, individuals may either steer clear of certain social situations or go through them with considerable anxiety, impacting their everyday life significantly.

It's important to distinguish social anxiety disorder from shyness. Shyness may involve feeling awkward or having inhibited behavior around others, a trait seen in individuals with social anxiety disorder.

However, being shy doesn't necessarily mean one experiences the excessive fear and distress related to social situations seen in social anxiety disorder. In this disorder, the fear and anxiety surpass what's appropriate for the situation, causing notable impairment and distress in a person's life.

​What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Overwhelming Fear in Social Situations: People with social anxiety disorder often face an extreme, sometimes irrational fear of various social settings.

  • Intense Worry About How Others See Them: There's a strong sense of self-consciousness, with a constant concern about others' judgments.

  • Steering Clear of Social Scenarios: Common behaviors include avoiding situations like eating in public or starting conversations with new people.

  • Deep Anxiety When Socializing: Engaging in social activities comes with a heavy burden of fear and nervousness.

  • Physical Reactions During Interactions: These intense emotional experiences are frequently paired with physical symptoms in social contexts.

  • Ruminating on Social Experiences: After being in social settings, there's a tendency to obsess over what might have gone wrong or how they were perceived negatively.

How is Social Anxiety Disorder diagnosed?

At Reliant Family Psychiatry, the diagnosis of social anxiety disorder is carried out through a comprehensive clinical evaluation performed by our skilled mental health professionals.

 

Your dedicated Reliant Family Psychiatry provider will engage in a meaningful conversation with you, delving into your experiences in social settings, assessing your symptoms, and establishing whether you meet the diagnostic criteria for this condition.

These criteria encompass:

  1. Persistent and profound fear or anxiety related to specific social situations, driven by the fear of embarrassment or humiliation.

  2. Avoidance of social circumstances that induce intense anxiety or fear.

  3. Experience of excessive anxiety that is disproportionately intense compared to the situation at hand.

  4. Anxiety of such severity that it disrupts your daily life, including work or school.

  5. Fear or anxiety that cannot be more adequately explained by a medical condition or substance use.

If you suspect that you or a loved one may be grappling with social anxiety disorder, the initial and most crucial step is to engage with a mental health professional. They are equipped to guide you in comprehending your symptoms, arriving at an accurate diagnosis, and assisting you in discovering suitable anxiety treatment options.

​How is Social Anxiety Disorder diagnosed?
Psychiatry Practices

For managing SAD, it's often advisable to combine medication with therapy. Our team ensures a personalized treatment strategy aligning with your unique symptoms and requirements. Continuous monitoring of your progress and symptoms is an integral part of this treatment, allowing us to fine-tune medication doses and frequency for optimal results.

​Psychiatry Practices
Therapies

Also known as Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy), talk therapy is an effective option for a number of different symptoms and conditions, including SAD. Talk therapy can take many different forms, so you and your therapist can work to find the best option for your specific situation, condition, and symptoms. Talk therapy can be used in combination with medication and other forms of treatment, if needed.

​Therapies

Treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder

​Discover a brighter mental well-being journey at Reliant Family Psychiatry in Texas!

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