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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how could i lessen my social anxiety?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Cognitive Behavioral: Therapy can be an excellent approach.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Behavioral Options: See this page Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational/self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing, even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/EXgDl Effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A CBT expert coach can be big help!
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
The best way is: To go to a mental health professional, perhaps learning self hypnosis. Additionally, you can practice procedures such as imagery, belly breathing, and the relaxation response (see herbert benson's book).

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