Read more about anxiety, fear and panic and how to manage them.
You can listen to the 6-minute anxiety control training audio guide. Dr Chris Williams talks about how to relax and beat your anxieties, today and in the long term.
You may also find it useful to read an NHS self-help guide for social anxiety.
You can find mental health, relaxation and mindfulness apps and tools in the NHS Apps Library.
A number of treatments are available for social anxiety.
The main options are:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with a therapist, which is therapy that helps you identify negative thought patterns and behaviours, and change them. This can be done with just you and a therapist, in a group or with your parents or carers.
- Guided self-help, which involves working through a CBT-based workbook or online course with regular support from a therapist.
- Antidepressant medicines, usually a type of medicine called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as escitalopram or sertraline. These are usually not used to treat people under the age of 15.
CBT is generally considered the best treatment, but other treatments may help if it does not work or you do not want to try it.
Some people need to try a combination of treatments.
There are several charities, support groups and online forums for people with social anxiety and other anxiety disorders, including: