Social Anxiety Treatment in Wylie, TX

Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is a common mental health condition characterized by an intense and persistent fear of social situations and scrutiny by others. Individuals with social anxiety often experience overwhelming self-consciousness, fear of judgment, and a strong desire to avoid social interactions. This anxiety can be paralyzing, making everyday activities, from speaking in public to attending social events, extremely distressing. Social anxiety can significantly impact one’s quality of life, but it is treatable through therapy, medication, and self-help strategies, enabling individuals to regain confidence and better navigate social situations.

With this particular disorder, it does not matter whether the other individual is a close friend or a complete stranger, as the feelings of judgment and anxiety will remain at the same level of intensity, which can make daily activities quite challenging. Fortunately, developing proper coping mechanisms, with help from our clinicians, can work to relieve these anxious thoughts and feelings before they escalate and affect daily functioning.

Pathway Psychiatry provides comprehensive psychiatric care and counseling for adults at our psychiatric clinic. Led by Dr. Ashley Gardner, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer personalized treatment plans for individuals with conditions such as social anxiety. Our clinicians provide social anxiety evaluations and treatment at our office in Wylie, TX. Learn more about social anxiety and call (214) 997-4459 to schedule your consultation with us today!

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Common Characteristics and Symptoms

Those with social anxiety disorder may appear shy, quiet, and withdrawn. It is not that these individuals wish to avoid interactions or relationships with others, they just have more difficulty in cultivating them due to their social anxiety.

There is no one clear cause of social anxiety, though the disorder does seem to be influenced, at times, by difficulty with social skills, misreading of facial signals and body positioning from others, and a family history of social phobia which points to a possible genetic contribution.

Symptoms of social anxiety disorder can be experienced in a variety of common situations, such as:

  • New introductions
  • Going to school or work
  • Speaking, writing, or talking on the phone in public
  • Being the focus of a conversation or event
  • Meeting authoritative figures
  • Dating
  • Being observed during a type of test or presentation
  • Eating in front of others
  • Making eye contact

Individuals with social anxiety often react to uncomfortable situations with a series of uncontrollable physical reactions such as blushing, fidgeting, sweating, rapid heartbeat, stiff posture, speaking softly, or becoming nauseous. These symptoms can be incredibly frustrating, as many with social anxiety disorder are able to logically realize that nothing bad is likely to happen to them in a triggering situation, but they experience these common reactions regardless.

Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder with Pathway Psychiatry

Fortunately, social anxiety disorder is treatable. Symptoms can be properly managed throughout the individual’s life with help from a mental health specialist.


Psychotherapy, particularly Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is a highly effective treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). CBT helps individuals with SAD identify and challenge the negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their anxiety. Through exposure therapy, individuals gradually confront feared social situations, desensitizing their fear response. Additionally, therapists work with clients to develop coping strategies, improve self-esteem, and enhance social skills. Therapy provides a safe and supportive environment to explore the roots of social anxiety and develop practical tools to manage it. It empowers individuals to regain control over their lives, build self-confidence, and engage more comfortably in social interactions, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and anxiety-free life.


Medication can be a valuable component of the treatment plan for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), particularly for individuals with severe symptoms or when psychotherapy alone does not provide sufficient relief.

  • Antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), are commonly prescribed for SAD. These medications work by regulating neurotransmitters in the brain, which can help reduce anxiety and improve mood.
  • Benzodiazepines, another class of medication, may be prescribed for short-term relief of severe symptoms. However, they are typically used sparingly due to the risk of dependence and side effects.
  • Beta-blockers, such as propranolol, can help manage the physical symptoms of anxiety, like trembling or a racing heart, but they do not address the underlying psychological aspects of SAD.

Online Treatment Options for Social Anxiety

We  offer telehealth appointments, allowing you to receive treatment from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about our telemedicine services!

Support Groups

Support groups offer individuals dealing with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) a safe and understanding space to share their experiences, gain insights, and learn from others who face similar challenges. These groups can provide emotional support, practical coping strategies, and a sense of community. Participants can practice social interactions in a non-judgmental environment, gradually building confidence. Support groups are often led by mental health professionals or peer facilitators who guide discussions and provide valuable resources.

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): The ADAA offers an online directory to help you find local or online support groups for social anxiety and related conditions.
  • Meetup: This platform allows you to search for local social anxiety support groups or create your group if none are available in your area.
  • Social Anxiety Support: An online community with forums, resources, and chat rooms for individuals seeking support and connection.
  • National Social Anxiety Center: They offer individual therapy, group therapy, and workshops for social anxiety treatment, which can be an excellent resource for finding local support groups.

Schedule Your Appointment with us Today

To determine the most appropriate treatment for social anxiety disorder, individuals are encouraged to consult with a mental health specialist about their triggers, symptoms, and which coping mechanisms have worked well for them thus far. Schedule your appointment today!

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