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A 41-year-old member asked:

Question about social anxiety--is that just extreme shyness?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Family Medicine 36 years experience
No: Agoraphobia, free of the marketplace, is a known problem and can be extreme. Unlike anxiety in most cases there can be no real cause. Really not understood well but can be debilitating.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Avoidance & Drea: Shyness is not same as social anxiety. People w/social anxiety repeatedly avoid social situations b/c they dread feeling embarrassed or judged/shamed by others. (See http://ow.ly/EXo0z) Gradual exposure 2 those sitn's -easier ones at 1st, then harder-really helps. Tools 4 managing social anx: http://ow.ly/EXnfP | But anything that interferes w/building relationships seems worth working on!

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have social anxiety or i'm just shy?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Social anxiety: Extreme, consistent, and across settings and groups shyness is the primary symptom of social anxiety disorder. The emphasis is on extreme and across groups and settings. People with social anxiety disorder often don't feel comfortable with people they know well.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have extreme social anxiety problem . What to do ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Have you ever been: Evaluated for this? If not, that would be a good starting point. A psychiatric evaluation can lead to accurate assessment and a treatment plan that is specific for you. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often beneficial. Take care.

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