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Another study in 2009, focusing on acceptance and mindfulness-based group therapy, also showed similar gains for people with social anxiety.
In my work, and in my life in general, I so frequently saw amazing people who were deserving of love and companionship, but who were paralyzed by fear, struggling with loneliness and hopelessness rooted in anxiety.
If they make a comment that comes out wrong, they beat themselves up for hours or days afterwards.
Because social anxiety is such a widespread problem, psychologists have worked hard to develop treatments that work.
Four separate meta-analyses have shown Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to be effective in treating SAD.
In 2007, researchers Kristy Dalrymple from Brown Medical School and James Herbert at Drexel University conducted a small pilot study on an updated approach to social anxiety.
Noting that CBT was effective for social anxiety in some clients but not others, or didn’t fully alleviate symptoms, they sought to explore further treatment options in the form of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).