Do you know someone who suffers from social anxiety? The support, encouragement and understanding of family and friends could help the social phobia sufferer immeasurably.
Learn more about the disorder; acknowledge that there is a real problem – social phobia is not merely a severe form of shyness, but a medical condition that should be taken seriously; be understanding – recognise that allowing a sufferer to explain their problems will help him or her to feel less isolated and ashamed of their condition; do not regard social phobia as the fault of any particular person; gently encourage the sufferer to seek professional help; once treatment is initiated, encourage the sufferer to persist and continue with treatment.
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