Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also called social phobia, is a long-term and overwhelming fear of social situations.
Contrary to common perceptions, social anxiety is more than shyness and not the same as being an introvert.
It’s a common problem that usually starts during the teenage years. It can be very distressing and have a big impact on your life, relationships and self confidence.
Symptoms include embarrassment and fear of showing anxiety or symptoms such as sweating, blushing or not being able to speak. Social situations are either avoided or endured under considerable distress.
NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence), in the UK, recommends the Clarks and Wells model (MCT) for treating Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
Individual Therapy is the most effective therapy for SAD, since most of the work involves understanding the very particular experiences of every individual, creating specific scenarios and video recording under controlled settings.