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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is the third most common mental health disorder in the U.S. (just after depression and alcoholism). A person with social anxiety has an extreme fear of social situations. Such a person is often self-conscious and nervous, believing that others are silently judging or criticizing, or are watching very closely. The person is afraid he (or she) will make a mistake, look bad, or be humiliated in front of others. 

Many people with social anxiety are functioning (go to school or to work) and are able to hide some of their feelings. Meantime, the person experiences enormous stress trying to manage these feelings throughout the day. 

Sometimes people with social anxiety are not aware of the problem. They just know they feel stressed a lot and don’t enjoy being around others very much. They often blame others for problems in the relationship. Meantime, other people may think they are not friendly, aloof, or difficult.  Such confusion also happens with other types of social problems, so an accurate diagnosis from a mental health professional is important.

Each individual with Social Anxiety has a unique pattern of situations that are difficult. The triggers vary from one person to another, but usually involve avoidance of situations and/or difficulty performing.

Through careful assessment, Dr. Conlon will help determine if the difficulties you are facing may be due to social anxiety. Dr. Conlon is dedicated to providing the most effected treatment strategies for Social Anxiety.
Conlon Psychological Services is proud to be the Houston/Sugar Land Regional Clinic of the National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC).  NSAC was established with the intent of making the highest quality, evidence-based psychotherapy services to treat social anxiety available to those in need. We aim to do this through research, collaboration, dissemination to clinicians and educating the public. Visit NSAC here for more information about Social Anxiety. 

Is it Asperger's or Anxiety? Dr. Tony Attwood is a well-respected psychologist who studies and treats individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. In his 2006 book, he states "Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, would be expected to be relatively common for those with Asperger Syndrom, especially in the teenage and adult years when they are more acutely aware of their confusion in social situations, or making social mistakes, and possible suffering ridicule." 

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