1–The first step in getting help is often the hardest–being willing to admit you have social anxiety. While I knew I had a problem, the very thought of talking about it to a doctor only provoked more anxiety and fear of embarrassment. If necessary, ask a friend or close family member you trust to go along with you for emotional support.
2– I found keeping a diary, documenting my anxiety symptoms and what made symptoms better or worse to be helpful. To be diagnosed with social phobia you need to have suffered from social anxiety symptoms for over six months. Documentation makes it easier to share your fears with your doctor. It also helps you recognize repeated patterns in your behavior and symptoms and is very helpful in the therapeutic process.
3–If your doctor prescribes medications to treat your social anxiety, it is important to take it as prescribed and not stop taking it abruptly. Many medications may take a few weeks to start working. Also, abruptly stopping some medications can cause serious side effects.
4–Consider cognitive behavioral therapy with or without drug therapy or psychotropic medications. Licensed mental health professionals trained in cognitive-behavioral therapies can often help people with social phobia feel less anxious and fearful using exposure therapy to gradually introduce patients to feared situations and help them become more comfortable in them.
5–I found forcing myself to relax, take deep cleansing breaths and using targeted mental exercises really helped me refocus my fears. No, this didn’t eliminate my anxiety, but it made it more manageable. Others may find using yoga or aerobic exercise helps to reduce their anxiety and fear. Exercise releases endorphins which are like happy brain chemicals. Today, anxiety management training is often a part of cognitive behaviour therapy used to treat social anxiety and includes teaching techniques like deep breathing to control anxiety.
6–The more you are able face your fear and talk about it –the less power it will have over your life. Joining a local support therapy group gives you the opportunity to share and support one another. (Cont. in comments) - 7 minutes ago