You may find it useful to read an NHS self-help guide for social anxiety for more detail.
You can listen to a helpful podcast about controlling anxiety from a leading anxiety specialist.
You can also find mental health 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 – therapy that helps you identify negative thought patterns and behaviours, and change them
- guided self-help – this 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
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: