How is Social Anxiety Disorder treated?

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the recommended treatment for SAD and has been associated with considerable long-term benefits. In particular, CBT that incorporates skill-training in facing feared social situations (exposure) and assistance with altering unhelpful thinking patterns and beliefs is effective
  • Other psychological treatment techniques include social skills training, assertiveness training and aspects of CBT such as education about anxiety, breathing and relaxation training, learning to alter unhelpful thinking patterns and beliefs, and assistance facing feared social situations. However, CBT has been found to be more effective than other psychological interventions
  • Medication, such as antidepressants from the monoamine oxidase inhibitor, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) classes, and benzodiazepines may relieve some of the symptoms but does not help the person overcome the fear of being scrutinised