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Social Anxiety Disorder

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Written by Richard Snowdon | Updated 24 October 2019
Next Review 01 January 2020

UK Statistics
Source: findatherapist.co.uk

You're
not
alone
Social Anxiety
is the
17th
most common issue
people talk
to therapists about
116
males
with social anxiety
talk to therapists
136
females
with social anxiety
talk to therapists
Causes
geneticslife eventsnegative thoughtspersonal dynamicsunknownsocial situations
Symptoms
Thoughts
worry
Feelings
anxiety
Behaviours
avoidance
Process
Impact
impairmentdistress
Diagnosis
Adults

6 (or more) months of worry and anxiety and avoidance concerning social situations. With distress or impairment.
Therapies
nice.org.uk recommend

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
for Social Anxiety

For negative thoughts
Focus on the present
Adults 14 - 15 sessions
nice.org.uk recommend

Psychodynamic Therapy
for Social Anxiety

For personal dynamics
Focus on the past or present
Adults 25 - 30 sessions