SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
A Social Anxiety Disorder is when there is a pattern of excessive fear due to social situations, where the person believes that he or she will submit to the judgment of others. The person feels, in an exacerbated manner, that he or she is prone to situations of ridicule, humiliation or rejection. This causes the person to avoid social situations.
Exposure to these situations usually generate psychophysiological anxiety responses, such as feeling a lump in the throat, blushing, palpitations, fainting, tremors, stomach pains, headaches and sometimes panic attacks.
Regarding the variables involved in the onset, development and maintenance of the disorder, numerous risk factors have been identified that include, the attitude and behavior patterns of parents about their children, the influence of peers, personality variables, temperamental variables such as behavioral inhibition, shyness and social skills.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between shyness and having a social phobia?
Shyness is a normal response when exposed to uncommon situations; the response does not slow the person down or interfere in any way prior to affronting the situation. However, social anxiety blocks the person´s ability to respond or act, generating a sense of loss of control and anguish.
What are the causes of social anxiety?
Some factors associated with the disorder include having witnessed anxious behavior in other members of the family, growing up in an overprotective environment or having experienced traumatic situations during development such as: bullying, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse or family conflicts.
What is the treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder?
The psychotherapeutic treatment focuses on identifying the sources of anxiety and eradicating counterproductive forms of reaction by the patient, seeking to improve self-esteem while strengthening social skills and improving coping strategies.
What are the risks of not treating a social anxiety?
Like most diseases, when a disorder is not treated, it runs the risk of evolving into a significantly serious and debilitating expression. One of the most intense stages or expression is when a person loses the interest, the capacity and the desire to carry out his or her daily life.
Is it necessary to take medication to treat a Social Anxiety Disorder?
There are occasions when treating with medication is necessary and beneficial, in order to reduce the severity of symptoms. This will depend on the state of gravity and course of evolution of the disorder and should always be supervised by a psychiatrist.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.