Social Anxiety

Treatment at Our Center.

What To Expect.

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (CBT)

Individuals will be engaged in an intensive outpatient program using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which includes exposure and response prevention (ERP). Our clinic also offers weekly outpatient therapy for individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). CBT and ERP are recommended for the treatment of SAD.


  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 0.5 - 7% of the general population. In general, higher rates of social anxiety disorder are found in females than in males, and this gender difference is more pronounced in adolescents and young adults.
  • The DSM 5 indicates that the median age for individuals with SAD is 13 years, overall 75% occurs between ages 8 and 15.
  • Rare in adulthood and more likely to occur after a stressful or humiliating event or after life changes that require new social roles (e.g., marrying someone from a different social class, receiving a job promotion).
  • Certain biological and environmental factors may contribute to its development, including genetic disposition (subject to gene-environment interaction [e.g., socially anxious modeling by parents]), childhood maltreatment and adversity.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)?

In Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia), the individual is fearful or anxious about or avoidant of social interactions and situations that involve the possibility of being scrutinized. These include social interactions such as meeting unfamiliar people, situations in which the individual may be observed eating or drinking, and situations in which the individual performs in front of others. The cognition is of being negatively evaluated by others, by being embarrassed, humiliated, or rejected, or offending others.

Diagnostic Criteria

DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for 300.23 Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
  • Marked fear or anxiety about one or more social situations in which the individual is exposed to possible scrutiny by others.
  • The individual fears that he or she will act in a way or show anxiety symptoms that will be negatively evaluated.
  • The social situations almost always provoke fear or anxiety.
  • The social situations are avoided or endured with intense fear or anxiety.
  • The fear or anxiety is out of proportion to the actual threat posed by the social situation and to the sociocultural context.
  • The fear, anxiety, or avoidance is persistent, typically lasting for 6 months or more.
  • The fear, anxiety, or avoidance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  • The fear, anxiety, or avoidance is not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or another medical condition.
  • The fear, anxiety, or avoidance is not better explained by the symptoms of another mental disorder.
  • If another medical condition is present, the fear, anxiety, or avoidance is clearly unrelated or is excessive.

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