Essay on Social Anxiety Disorder ( Disorder )

1548 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common of the anxiety disorders. It is defined as “a marked and persistent fear of social or performance requirements that expose the individual to scrutiny and possible embarrassment. These Individuals go to great lengths to avoid these situations, or they may face the challenge with great effort, wearing a mask of fearlessness” (Mash, 2015).. Social anxiety has two main treatments: psychotherapy, medication, or a combination or both treatments. The most common type of psychotherapy is CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) which is a common type of talk therapy. It usually consists of working with a mental health counselor and attending sessions. The purpose of CBT is to help the patient become aware of his/her negative thinking so that they can change the way they respond to the situation. Social anxiety is also treated through medications such as anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants. The medications are usually given in low doses to prevent side effects and doses are gradually increased. It can take several months for symptoms to improve. Many studies have been done on the effectiveness of both effectiveness and medication in social anxiety disorder. CBT was originally designed to treat depression but has now evolved to treat many different mental disorders. Most research has shown that CBT is the most effective treatment for anxiety. The first study observed was The Preliminary Study of Individual Cognitive…

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