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What to do if i have social anxiety disorder?

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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://www.Anxietybc.Com/resources/social.Php 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. Jon Schneider
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Medications also: Therapy and medications are appropriate for the treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder. Your doctor may prescribe any one of a number of medications for treating social anxiety disorder (SAD), only three medications have received official approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These medications are Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and Effexor (venlafaxine).

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What can I do to get over social anxiety disorder?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Desensitization: Start regularly socializing with small, and i mean small groups of people you know personally in a variety of social situations, and slowly increase the number of friends. Then, slowly have your friends invite people you may not know personally, just one or two to start with, and increase the numbers of known and unknown people over time. Should the anxiety spike, stick with smaller mixed groups o.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

How do you deal with social anxiety disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Effective treatment: Social anxiety disorder (aka social phobia) is a common and treatable condition. Physicians may prescribe medications to help manage symptoms as needed -- especially when severe. The essential, long-term healing work is in psychotherapy, though. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very useful. Find a psychologist or other psychotherapist trained in this work for the best results. Good luck!
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How to tell if I have social anxiety disorder?

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Psychiatry 33 years experience
Social anxiety: Symptoms are cognitive (overly self-conscious in social situations, leading to stuttering & sweating, etc.) , behavioral (fear being embarrassed or humiliated, leading to avoidance) , & physiological (sweating, nausea, difficulty breathing, shaking, heart racing).
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that I have social anxiety disorder?

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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Social Anxiety: It is certainly possible but rather than self diagnosis you would be better off consulting with an experienced mental health professional who can help you to obtain an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan. Best.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is social anxiety disorder?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Everyone gets : Anxious from time to time. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed when someone experiences anxiety most of the time and limits their life due to excessive anxiety when in social situations.

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