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Social Anxiety Disorder

social anxiety disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment at Renaissance Behavioral Medicine

At Renaissance Behavioral Medicine, we specialize in treating social anxiety disorder with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you build confidence and improve social interactions. Our expert team, led by Dr. Etefia, is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care for those struggling with social anxiety.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)?

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is a mental health condition characterized by intense fear or anxiety in social situations. Individuals with SAD often worry about being judged, embarrassed, or humiliated in front of others, which can lead to avoidance of social interactions and significant distress.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

Common symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:

  • Intense fear of social situations

  • Avoidance of social interactions

  • Excessive worry about being judged or scrutinized

  • Physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, or rapid heartbeat in social settings

  • Difficulty speaking or making eye contact

  • Feeling self-conscious or embarrassed

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used, evidence-based form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. CBT helps individuals develop healthier ways of thinking and coping with anxiety-provoking situations.

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How Can CBT Help with Social Anxiety?

CBT is particularly effective for treating social anxiety disorder. It helps individuals:

  • Identify and challenge irrational fears and beliefs about social situations

  • Develop coping strategies to manage anxiety

  • Gradually face and engage in feared social activities through exposure therapy

  • Build confidence and improve social skills

  • Learn relaxation techniques to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety

Understanding Social Phobias

Social phobias are specific fears related to social interactions or performance situations. These phobias can significantly impact daily life, making it difficult to engage in common activities such as attending social gatherings, speaking in public, or even eating in front of others. Addressing these phobias through therapy can greatly improve one’s quality of life.

Expert Care in Beverly Hills & San Mateo, CA

If you or a loved one is struggling with social anxiety disorder, Renaissance Behavioral Medicine is here to help. Our dedicated team in Beverly Hills and San Mateo, CA, is committed to providing the highest quality of care to support your journey towards confidence and improved social interactions.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call our offices.

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