- Fear of Being Judged
- Fear of Humiliation
- Overconcern with What Others Will Think
- Pounding Heart
- Trembling or Shaking
- Choking Chest Pain
- Nausea or Abdominal Discomfort
- Feelings of Unreality or Being Detached from Yourself
- Numbness or Tingling Sensations
- Chills or Hot Flashes
TREATING SOCIAL ANXIETY
Social Anxiety is characterized by an excessive fear of being scrutinized and judged. Although those who have this can function, daily life is very uncomfortable.
Treatment begins with learning the skills of Cognitive Therapy. With these you can challenge the assumptions that have resulted in your feeling observed. By changing the way you interpret events, you find that you are no longer feel as much discomfort. We then use a number of techniques to teach you how to relax tension at will. A graded hierarchy of feared events is developed and we help you experience those gradually until you can tolerate them without distress.