Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social Phobia, is a type of anxiety disorders that has a high cure rate.
Provided, of course, that an individual suffering from this disorder is appropriately treated.
An appropriate social anxiety disorder treatment is psychotherapy, counseling, and medications for anxiety that are taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a health professional.
Psychotherapy provides you with the important information on your disorder, coping tools and professional guidance and support. In psychotherapy you will, together with your therapist, work on your causes of social anxiety disorder and resolve all issues that need to be resolved regarding your disorder.
You shouldn’t expect that your therapist does all the work for you because nobody can do that. If you want to get better and eventually healed you need to want it first, and then you need to be prepared to work on it.
Anxiety medication is usually not necessary in social anxiety disorder treatment however there are exceptions such as severe social phobia or social phobia mixed with severe panic attacks or other mental disorders. When this is the case, the medication is recommended but should be taken only as prescribed by a health professional.
Unfortunately, even though medication is usually not necessary and is never a sole answer to social anxiety it is prescribed more than often as a sole therapy. This is very dangerous and many people deepen their suffering due to the misuse or abuse of the medication.
If you are taking medication make sure that you are in psychotherapy and under a health professional’s supervision. This is very important and you should do everything in your power to get the proper professional help and supervision. Taking medications is a serious thing and should be taken as such.
Confronting your social phobia in the right way, a very important part of a successful social anxiety disorder treatment. This is why you should always choose to confront your problems in your life rather that running away from them and one very poplar way of running away from problems is alcohol abuse. Many people that suffer from social phobia self-medicate with medication for anxiety, alcohol or dugs. Medication can be very harmful if abused or misused. One frequent example of misuse of the medication is taking it off and on or mixing it with alcohol.
Alcohol can reduce your symptoms in the beginning but in the end it will take all your strength and ability to fight your disorder leaving you weak and vulnerable. Any amount of alcohol is too much if you want your social anxiety disorder treatment to be successful. Therefore alcohol is no option for you or any other individual suffering from mental disorder.
Many people that suffer from social phobia never get an appropriate treatment and live their lives with constant fear and anxiety. This can be very tiring and debilitating especially if they try to self medicate with any substance that is inappropriate or in wrong dosage.
Don’t be one of those people and start making changes and proper steps in your life because that is the only right way for you to successfully go through your social anxiety disorder treatment and continue your life anxiety-free.