Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment
What is social anxiety disorder?
Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as social phobia, is a mental health condition characterized by intense and ongoing fear of being judged negatively and/or watched by others. It’s normal to feel nervous in some social situations, but in social anxiety disorder, everyday interactions cause significant anxiety, self-consciousness, and embarrassment because you fear being scrutinized or judged negatively by others.
Symptoms of social anxiety disorder can include constant fear of situations in which you may be judged negatively, worry about embarrassing or humiliating yourself, intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers, fear that others will notice that you look anxious, fear of physical symptoms that may cause you embarrassment, such as blushing, sweating, trembling or having a shaky voice.
How is social anxiety disorder treated?
At our Bellevue psychiatry clinic, we offer comprehensive treatment options for social anxiety disorder. Treatment typically includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy
Medication: Antidepressants and other medications can be prescribed by your Bellevue psychiatrist to help reduce, manage, and prevent anxiety.
Psychotherapy: Also known as talk therapy, it can help by teaching new ways of thinking and behaving, and changing habits that may be contributing to social anxiety. If you already have a therapist, we are happy to collaborate with them to provide you with a unified, supportive experience.
Taking the next step...
Everybody worries, but sometimes, it becomes too much: too frequent, too distracting, and too uncomfortable. If you're noticing that your anxiety is getting in your way, perhaps seeing an expert in anxiety at West Coast Psychiatry is worthwhile.
Our Bellevue psychiatrists are committed to providing personalized care to help you manage your social anxiety and improve your quality of life.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help you navigate your journey towards better mental health.