How is Social Anxiety Disorder treated?

Man & woman talkingCognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the recommended treatment for SAD and has been associated with considerable long-term benefits.

CBT for SAD usually includes:                       

  • Learning skills to face feared social situations
  • Altering unhelpful thinking patterns and beliefs
  • Relaxation training

Other psychological treatments

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

Last Updated : 22-Sep-2013