How to Deal With Social Anxiety in a Healthy Way

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.