Social Anxiety Treatment
Drs. Ryan and Olivia Lee, psychiatric nurse practitioners in Scottsdale, AZ are well-versed in social anxiety treatment. Please contact us to discuss our treatment options and availability!
What is social anxiety?
Social anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by a persistent fear and avoidance of social interactions by which an individual is exposed unfamiliar people or potential scrutiny by others. If these interactions are not avoided, they tend to be endured with marked anxiety and distress. Social anxiety can significantly impair a persons ability to do things such as make friends, go to school, or sustain a thriving career.
How is social anxiety treated?
Medication can be a helpful tool that is shown to be effective in managing social anxiety. There are several treatment options in terms of medication. Your doctor may prescribe you a selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor to help to decrease the severity and frequency of social anxiety symptoms. There are also medications that can be taken as needed when an individual is anticipating a distressing event, such as giving a public presentation. Research shows that the best outcomes for treating social anxiety is achieved through a combination of medication and psychotherapy.