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You're
not alone
with
social anxiety
Social anxiety
is the
17th
most common reason
for therapy

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12/08/2020
120
males

with social anxiety
talk to therapists

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12/08/2020
153
females

with social anxiety
talk to therapists

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Social anxiety is a mental health condition. It is also known as social anxiety disorder or social phobia.

Symptoms

Which ones do you experience?
Thoughts
9
Worry
about being anxious in social situations, and public humiliation, scrutiny, rejection or embarrassment
Feelings
8
Anxiety
significant
6
Distress
significant
Behaviours
9
Avoidance
or endurance of social situations
4
Impairment
significant

Causes

2
Genes
3
Events
1
Traits
5
Uncertain
6
Social situations

Diagnosis

Adults

For 6 (or more) months:

Worry
about being anxious in social situations, and public humiliation, scrutiny, rejection or embarrassment
Anxiety
significant
Avoidance
or endurance of social situations
Distress
significant
orImpairmentsignificant
Other
Symptoms are not due
to another condition or
a substance


nice.org.uk recommends
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
for social anxiety

For negative thoughtsFocus on the presentAdults 14-15 sessions
Therapists

128 therapists
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Thoughts
WorryAttention mindfulness. Practice 5 mins daily to benefit. Place a book in front of you. Look at the book cover, but think about a worry. Rate Anxiety
0
Look at the book cover and think about it. When thoughts wander, refocus on the book. When feelings occur, refocus on the book. Rerate Anxiety
0
WorryBreath mindfulness. Practice 5 mins daily to benefit. Think about a worry. Rate Anxiety
0
Inhale and exhale. Focus on the sensations of breathing. When thoughts wander, refocus on the sensations. Rerate Anxiety
0
Feelings
TensionNotice it, release it. Practice daily to benefit. Sit comfortably. Arms in lap, knees bent, feet on floor. Where do you feel tension?
Arms
Hands
Forehead
Eyes
Nose
Jaw
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Stomach
Legs
Feet
AnxietyBreathe well. Practice 1 min daily to benefit. Breathe deeply into stomach. Put 1 hand on chest. Aim to keep it still. Put 1 hand on stomach. Aim to let it rise and fall. Inhale through nose for 4 seconds. Hold for 1 second. Exhale through mouth for 4 seconds. Repeat.
AnxietyFeeling mindfulness. Practice 5 mins daily to benefit. Where do you feel anxiety?
Arms
Hands
Forehead
Eyes
Nose
Jaw
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Stomach
Legs
Feet
nice.org.uk recommends
Psychodynamic Therapy
for social anxiety

For personal dynamicsFocus on the past or presentAdults 25-30 sessions
Therapists

46 therapists
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12/08/2020

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Written by Richard Snowdon
Updated 12 August 2020
Next check 01 January 2021
Sources

Statistics findatherapist.co.uk Symptoms Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition Causes NHS Diagnosis Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition Cognitive Behavioural Therapy National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Psychodynamic Therapy National Institute for Health and Care Excellence