Social Anxiety Treatment

La Jolla Recovery provides a science-based approach to treating social anxiety disorders. Some of our approaches include CBT, DBT and ACT among others, providing real change and outcome sform those suffering from mental health. Experience healing in the sunny San Diego beaches while attending social anxiety and experience freedom with therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (CBT), scientifically proven to be highly effective.

There is no other way to overcome our fears than by facing them. What if those fears are… towards others? How can we cope with this? How do you overcome feeling threatened by those around you, by their judgment, by their opinions of you? How do you overcome the phobia of people? How do you deal with social anxiety?

Treating Social Anxiety Disorder

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

When Regular Anxiety Becomes Long Lasting or Affects the Body Significantly

If we take a look at our personal history, at some point, surely, we have felt some anxiety while being in front of a group of people and wondering what to do. We have experienced a series of thoughts and bodily reactions such as sweating, trembling, impulses or avoidance habits, variations in tone of voice, and repetitive and clumsy movements. Also, actions and thoughts have led us to disproportionately fear a situation due to being exposed to the possible (but not necessarily the case) negative judgment of others. Anxious reactions that prompted us to avoid or escape from that situation: What relief I felt once I was gone and what a bad time I had!

When this ceases to be an infrequent or isolated reaction and becomes a pattern of anxiety present in a large number of social situations, we move towards a specific problem commonly defined as Social Anxiety or Social Phobia.



The Disabling Effect of Anxiety

Like almost everything, it is a matter of degree, and social anxiety can limit and condition our job, family, or personal activity, and do so in a disabling way. Before reaching this situation, it is advisable to inform yourself of social anxiety disorder or reach out for help. At La Jolla Recovery we attend social anxiety as a part of dual diagnosis treatment, a very key aspect of everyday life that unattended can affect our daily lives and lead to other behaviors that are not whole or undesired such as addiction, unwanted thoughts patterns among other behaviors. Please reach out to La Jolla Recovery so we can answer any questions regarding your concerns with you or a loved one being affected by a social anxiety disorder.



5 Patterns of Social Anxiety

It’s important to understand patterns of behavior that may well represent many people and are examples of Social Anxiety. They explain why it is highly recommended to deal with this type of problem: 

  • shyness
  • discouragement
  • relationship challenges
  • need for approval from others
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Am I just shy or is there more?

The first pattern represents shy people, for whom work is important, the problem: they have to spend a large part of their working time in front of the public, and the anxiety that this produces makes them seem not sociable, even rude. Sometimes the degree of anxiety is such that either you avoid greeting and interacting with customers, or you communicate so anxiously that you appear to be angry or rude. This example of social anxiety can end up in repetitive behavior, it can even end up making people believe that this is the way it is and that this is their personality. This behavior can limit the sufferers in professional progress and deepen their feelings and fears of others, even more, causing a loop that amplifies the problem. Some of these problems include but are not limited to addictions, eating disorders such as anorexia, gambling, isolation, and other inhibiting behaviors.



Why am I so Discouraged?

Anxiety in Relationships

In a second pattern, people who are deeply discouraged, their life is not as they had thought and believed that their age no longer allows them many opportunities. Their emotional and social life is the central axis of their dissatisfaction. They are afraid of being criticized or judged negatively by others in their surroundings. The way to “solve” this is to get away, isolate themselves, avoid the social contacts that make them feel so bad. The result is that their well-being decreases by not having relationships, social and intimate contacts that are so important for the self-esteem and satisfaction of anyone. Again, a loop needs to be broken.

Our next pattern tells us about the relationship with the opposite sex. The person starts a new job where most colleagues are of the opposite sex. They have breakfast in a small “office environment” or similar that requires close communication, and it is also a company that has a working model where everyone is on the same open floor without compartments that separate them. Every work morning represents torture, sweats, acting awkward, talking excessively, or not saying anything. Again, social anxiety is now pertaining to sex.

Unresolved Anxiety in Adolescence

Covering Anxiety with Achievement

Another pattern has to do with adolescents. In this individual example, we have an absolutely brilliant boy with high academic achievements. He is an intelligent, creative boy, eager to learn, with diverse interests, somewhat shy, and very kind. However, he spends most of his recesses alone reading a book in the yard or staying in class.

You may tell yourself that you don’t like to play, that you prefer to read, that you are a “loner,” that you are better off this way. But if we dig a little deeper, we will discover that after this self-imposed isolation, there is fear, fear that colleagues will reject him, fear of not being accepted as he is. Social Anxiety Disorder is one of the most frequent psychological disorders in childhood and youth (García-López, Piqueras, Díaz-Castela, 2008). Detecting it and dealing with it is essential. If a child or adolescent or an adult frees themselves from their social fears, it can change the course of their life.



This last example of a pattern of social anxiety has to do with a pattern that is also very frequent. The person is successful at work, his or her career has been brilliant, with excellent projection and results. Apparently, he or she is a person with good social skills, but there is a problem that does not allow them to feel good, satisfied, or satisfied, which causes enormous suffering and anxiety. It is the great need for approval from others, which leads to a perfectionism hardly sustainable for anyone. This level of self-demand means that what has been achieved is not enjoyed and one lives in a permanent state of dissatisfaction and self-criticism.

Social Phobia: Fear of Others

Awareness to Social Phobia

It is very important to detect and understand Social Anxiety or Social Phobia. There are techniques that we can implement to deal with it, but without a doubt, if we find ourselves unable to do it alone, it is convenient to have help. At La Jolla Recovery, we can provide a program to attend to your mental health needs specific to your background and culture and make sure that anxiety that hasn’t been treated can be done in a supportive, inspiring, and safe environment. If coming from out of state to San Diego such as New York or Texas, we can accommodate the travel and make sure the transition is smooth and cared for in a humanized and caring fashion.

Here are some recommendations to have more awareness of the anxiety that you may be experiencing and how to separate it from social anxiety disorder that requires treatment and attention in a clinical setting with support like the one at La Jolla Recovery:

Come up with a clear reason for improving yourself. Social anxiety is embarrassing, sometimes paralyzes, makes us blush, and sometimes makes us feel as if the situation was overwhelming. The first strategy to overcome this fear is to be very clear and very present on what your motive is, your compelling reason, for wanting to resolve this.

Do not fool or justify yourself, be honest. People are very skilled at avoiding recognizing the real reasons why they do not want to face a situation. The excuses are varied: “I am actually very lonely and that is how I am, period. People, in general, dislike me, I’m not interested in the nonsense that everyone is interested in. It doesn’t matter to me not meeting people or not having a partner. Why am I going to try it if they will reject me again anyway? In the end, I out in all the effort and it is just not worth it”. The human being is a social being, and if our needs to be with each other come into conflict with our anxious reactions, we have to be clear about who has to win that battle. It is different to choose to be alone than to be afraid. 

Progression and duration. We must understand that when we believe that we are facing fear, sometimes, due to ignorance, we are enlarging it, blowing it out of proportion. To really overcome fear, you need to keep two clear guidelines in mind: progression and duration. We must consider that facing social fears is like climbing a ladder (progression). If I want to climb two or three steps at a time, I may fall. If I want to go up cheating and use the elevator (self-medication, alcohol, substances, being in contact with new people only in “comfort or safety zones” …), it will not help me. I have to set progressive goals, from the least anxious to the most. Each objective is a step, and I have to stay at each one, as long (duration) as necessary: ​​until my emotional reaction of anxiety has turned into a reaction of indifference. When we do not follow these two guidelines: progression and duration, it is easy getting used to our reactions by letting them pass, we become sensitive to them making the problem worse. 

If we fear the negative evaluation of our work or we fear our anxious reactions when we are going to do it, we should not avoid it, but do it and then express our fears to who should supervise that work (our boss or collaborator): Is it enough? What did you like the most? And the least? How can I improve it? I have felt a little tense. How have you seen me? If we fear that we will not like or seem interesting or funny to the people with whom we come in contact, the solution is not to stop dating. Express yourself and do not run away, tell your friends naturally what you think. 

Begin to think that important things do not have to be done alone. If you think it can be beneficial, consider a process of change guided by a professional psychologist or therapist like the ones at La Jolla Recovery in San Diego, California. 

The benefits of relating to others in a less anxious way are enormous. Value the right moment for change, and if you find a compelling reason, go for it. Currently, the high efficacy of Clinical Psychology is known to successfully deal with these types of problems. At La Jolla Recovery, we believe in the science of therapy such as CBT, DBT, and ACT among other powerful therapies including medication-assisted treatment when needed for reduced relapses and severe lapses of mental health. If you or your loved one’s mental health is being affected by a dual diagnosis such as alcoholism or addiction to drugs such as heroin or benzodiazepines such as Xanax, we can attend to both in a parallel form.



Science-Based Therapy at La Jolla Recovery for Social Anxiety Disorders

One of the many therapies we provide at La Jolla Recovery is Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment. It has been scientifically proven to be highly effective for social anxiety. A study was published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Oxford and London University College; In this study, data from 13,164 participants in 101 clinics were analyzed. All the participants had a severe and prolonged picture of social anxiety. About 9,000 received psychotropic drugs or a placebo. More than 4,000 received psychological treatment. Although a small part of the trials was done combining psychotropic drugs and treatment, there was no evidence that this combination offered better results than treatment alone.

The data compared different types of psychological treatment and found that individual cognitive behavioral therapy was the most effective. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on the relationships between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It helps people challenge irrational fears and overcome avoidance of social situations.

At La Jolla Recovery, offering evidence based therapies for attending mental health disorders such as social anxiety is what sets us apart. We love imparting techniques that work and have long lasting effects after treatment. Reach out to us to know more about our social anxiety disorder treatment in San Diego.