How to Deal With Social Anxiety in a Healthy Way

Hallie Gould

Social anxiety is common—according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it affects 15 million Americans. Licensed clinical professional counselor Julienne Derichs describes social anxiety as when a person feels "highly anxious about being with other people." Chances are you've dealt with those symptoms either personally or with a loved one.

"Social anxiety can be both a function of negative experiences or chemically driven. Or both," explains Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. "To address it, there are strategic choices and coping skills you can learn to take advantage of." Below, find a list of the best ways to successfully take charge of your social anxiety.

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