Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

30. How can cognitive behavior therapy help with social phobia?

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people with social phobia learn how to overcome the belief that others are always watching and judging them. When people are ready to confront their fears, they are shown how to use exposure techniques to desensitize themselves to situations that trigger their anxieties.

For example, people with social phobia may be encouraged to spend time in feared social situations and to make small social blunders and observe how people respond to them. Since the response is usually far less harsh than the person fears, the anxiety lessens.