Like many psychological disorders such as bipolar syndrome and severe phobias, social anxiety disorder is a problem that you may have to learn to live with. While therapy and skilled psychological treatment can virtually eliminate the symptoms of the problem, these solutions can take a great deal of time and patience. In order to help someone who is suffering with the ugly consequences of social anxiety disorders, one step that can be a big help is to empower the patient with the ability to cope with the process so that the one who is enduring social anxiety can muster the patience to step through the therapy on the road to total recovery.
One of the treatments that often helps social anxiety disorder sufferer’s in the short term are anti anxiety or anti depressant medications. The diversity and effects of these medications is amazing but it takes a skilled diagnosis by your doctor to make sure the cure isnt worse than the illness. Like the treatments for bipolar disease and attention deficit disorder, many times the side effects of medications often prescribed for social anxiety disorder produce notable and sometimes unpleasant side effects.
Unfortunately, because each person’s reaction to different medications is different, your doctor may want to take several “stabs” at finding the right drug for you. Meanwhile, you have to endure effects of these drugs that you did not expect. Becoming a guinea pig for chemical experimentation is often unacceptable to many people even if there is a possibility that the drugs could reduce or eliminate the horrifying panic attacks that their social anxiety disorder can cause. Just exchanging one form of hell for another is not always the answer.
Work with your doctor to determine if going through many iterations of drug therapy is tolerable by you compared to waiting for non chemical therapy to bring about a longer term effect. You may be able to achieve a similar temporary relief from the problems of social anxiety disorder through mental disciplines such as meditation or hypnosis. The value of going this route is that these solutions to your social phobias do not introduce drugs to your body and if they don’t work, there are generally no ugly side effects.
While “home remedies” like meditation are valuable and can give you some coping mechanisms, social anxiety disorder is a genuine medical problem and the final solution may lie in psychotherapy or psychology. Psychotherapy is a powerful solution because a skilled psychiatrist will be able to take the sufferer of a social phobia step by step into the root causes of the problem. Often the roots of social anxiety disorders lie in some long forgotten childhood trauma that can only be discovered and confronted with the help of a highly skilled medical professional. While this kind of therapy is often lengthy and expensive, it can lead to a final solution to the problem which makes it a worthwhile investment.
Many times your psychologists or psychiatrist may also have you undergo cognitive behavioral therapy along with the root cause diagnosis sessions that are being used to dig down and find out what is going on with your psychological condition. The rate of success that has been documented shows that cognitive behavioral therapy has the greatest potential of finally bringing a “cure” to your social anxiety disorder once and for all.
The process of cognitive behavioral therapy slowly guides the patient to “face their fears” by exposing you to simulated social situations in a controlled environment over time. These kinds of psychological solutions are sometimes done in group settings which give you a safe context to go through a system of slowly relearning to deal with social situations while replacing fears with successful outings that build your confidence and eliminate the causes of anxiety. In many cases, a combination of all of these solutions is the best prescription for someone suffering with this frightening illness. But for the person suffering with social anxiety disorder, generally any solution that promises liberation from the slavery of their anxiety is wroth whatever it takes to get that freedom.