|Social Phobia Resources|
Social phobia, also known as "social anxiety disorder," is approximately twice as common as panic disorder. Here are some of the questions that a therapist might ask to find out if you have social phobia:
Does an unreasonable fear of embarrassment cause you to avoid most social interaction?
Is the anxiety you feel around people so intense it sometimes feels like a panic attack?
Do you fear being watched closely while doing something?
Do you fear being the center of attention?
Both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication are effective treatment options for social phobia.
To find out about CBT for social phobia, a great first step would be to call or send an email to a CBT therapist in your area. For some recommendations, click on this link: Finding a Therapist.
In addition, there are some great self-help resources. Here are some recommendations:
Dying of Embarrassment, by Markway
The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven Techniques for Overcoming Your Fears, by Antony and Swinson
Diagonally Parked in a Parallel Universe: Working Through Social Anxiety, by Dayhoff
Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia, by Rapee
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