Social Anxiety Disorder
 What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Examples of social phobia include the persistent fear of:

    Public Speaking
    Meeting New People
    Attending Parties
    Going to School
    Starting a New Job

Everyone has some anxiety about such social situations. With Social Phobia, however, the fears become severe and limit the activity of the phobic person. Social phobia can drive a person to drop out of school, avoid making friends, or become, and remain, unemployed. It is important to seek help for phobias because they are associated with feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem and can lead to other types of problems such as substance abuse and depression.
 
 What Types of Treatment Are Available?

Like most other anxiety disorders, the most effective treatment for social phobia consists of either cognitive-behavioral therapy (with an exposure component) and/or medication assistance. Those who do not receive treatment are likely to continue having problems for the majority of their lives. Whether you would most benefit from therapy, medication, or both is best discussed after a thorough evaluation by a trained mental health professional. If available, group therapy is often most beneficial for treatment of social anxiety disorder.
 
Evaluation and Treatment at Apex Therapy Services. Apex Therapy recognizes that their  treatment approach may not be for everyone. Treatment generally begins with an evaluation that allows for a full understanding of the problem so that different treatment options can be discussed and decided upon. These options often involve services available at Apex Therapy, from other mental health professionals in the community, or some combination of services.