This article, entitled "Treatment for Social Anxiety," comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday correspondent from Western Colorado.
As many as 13 percent of the population suffers from social anxiety… and most typically antidepressants are prescribed for treatment. But new research shows that talk therapy is more effective and can have lasting effects long after treatment has stopped.
Social anxiety disorder causes someone to have excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. More than just shyness, it can build into a panic attack and can interfere with a person’s normal daily life. It is more common in women than in men.. and usually surfaces in adolescence or early adulthood, but can occur in childhood.
While medication is an effective form of treatment, seeing a therapist may be even better. New research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy helps challenge irrational fears and can help those suffering from social anxiety to overcome their avoidance of social situations.