Review Article
Volume 9 Issue 10 - 2020
Effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Counseling on Social Anxiety Disorder among Adolescents
Sefa Bulut* and Liyana Thabassum
Department of Guidance and Counseling Psychology, Ibn Haldun University, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: Sefa Bulut, Department of Guidance and Counseling Psychology, Ibn Haldun University, Turkey.
Received: June 18, 2020; Published: September 30, 2020


Social anxiety and related conditions remain one of the most significant deterrents that adolescents face when engaging in social situations. Adolescents are at a stage of vulnerability that leaves the door open for a high incidence rate of social anxiety or Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Additionally, this condition brings with it a myriad of other mental health issues such as low self-esteem, depression, other anxiety disorders, substance abuse, to name a few. There is an increasingly high demand for non-invasive and nonintrusive therapeutic techniques to tackle this mental health concern amongst adolescents. This is where Mindfulness comes in; an act of being aware of the self, its sensory experiences, thoughts, and emotions, without any judgment. It is simply, a state of being in the present. This paper seeks to examine the effectiveness of Mindfulness-based therapeutic techniques in reducing social anxiety symptoms among adolescents. Mindfulness-based counseling techniques and related concepts are found to be instrumental in helping individuals attain emotional and cognitive self-regulation, and shift their attentional bias to incorporate experiences attained through all sensory modalities. Thereby reducing anxiety-related symptoms, depression, etc.

Keywords: Social Anxiety; Mindfulness; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction; Self-Compassion; Adolescents


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Citation: Sefa Bulut and Liyana Thabassum. “Effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Counseling on Social Anxiety Disorder among Adolescents”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.10 (2020): 53-58..

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