Social Anxiety

Treatment at Our Center.

What To Expect.

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (CBT)

Individuals will be engaged in our outpatient program using cognitive behavioral therapy which includes exposure and response prevention. Additionally, CBT will be combined with psychoeducation, goal setting, and motivation. Researchers and practitioners agree that the use of CBT in treatment for panic disorder is recommended.


According to the U.S. surgeon general, 13 percent, or over 6 million children, suffer from social anxiety, making it the most common emotional problem in children. Among adolescents, more girls than boys are affected.

What Is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Anxiety (intense nervousness) and self-consciousness arise from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others.

A person with social anxiety disorder is afraid that he or she will make mistakes, look bad, and be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. The fear may be made worse by a lack of social skills or experience in social situations.

Diagnostic Criteria

DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Tic Disorder
  • Single or multiple motor and/or vocal tics (eg, sudden, rapid, recurrent, nonrhythmic, stereotyped motor movement or vocalizations) are present
  • The tics have been present for less than 1 year since the first tic onset
  • The onset is before age 18 years
  • The disturbance is not due to the direct physiologic effects of a substance (eg, stimulants) or a general medical condition (eg, Huntington disease or postviral encephalitis)
  • Criteria have never been met for Tourette’s disorder or persistent (chronic) motor or vocal tic disorder

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