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A 19-year-old female asked:

do i have social anxiety ?

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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
See below: "social phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties and other social events." for a more complete discussion, see below: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001953/.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Consultation: Many people feel anxious in some social situations, and it is rather common to be anxoious about speaking in front of a large group. Social anxiety disorder is a more specific and pervasive anxiety about talking or interacting with others that interferes with functioning. See here for more: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/socialanxietydisorderwhatis.Asp.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Social Anxiety: Not sure what your symptoms are, but if your anxiety is causing distress or interferes with work/social activities/daily functioning, then consult a therapist for tx.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Dread, Avoidance: Symptoms include physical (e.g., heart racing, sweating. blushing); intense awareness of physical symptoms; thoughts of embarrassing self, feeling ashamed of self (e.g., "I'm so stupid"); avoiding social situations, social interactions. Symptoms interfere with daily functioning, ability to form relationships, etc. Suggest expert help! Read the stories of two sufferers here: http://ow.ly/EXbBU
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Various forms...: Anxiety can show itself in various forms and to a variety of degrees. Mild anxiety (as in the case of most shyness) is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if it is temporary and in response to exposure to strangers. Moderate to severe anxiety that is consistent and not in response to some specific identifiable trigger is more problematic. If this is you...consult with a psychologist.
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Psychologist: A psychologist can help with treatment.
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Social Anxiety: Start with individual therapy with a mental health professional who also leads group therapy sessions. As you become comfortable with your individual therapist you can then transition to one of his/her group programs. Group psychotherapy can be very effective in treating social anxiety. You will read of examples in the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org website. Best.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Exposure Therapy: See this page of the Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing, even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/F3lXj Effective treatment involves 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! Gr8 documentary: http://ow.ly/F3fzQ
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 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 anxiety in social situations : http://www.Anxietybc.Com/resources/social.Php effective treatment will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little 2 others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be a big help!
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Anxiety: Consider group therapy as it is very effective for social anxeity but do individual therapy first with the same therapist who will be your group leader.

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How to overcome social anxiety ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It can be done: Get a good guide -- whether it's "cognative-behavioral therapy" or a wise pastor willing to work with you. Be ready to hear things about yourself that you do not want to hear, so you can learn new behavior patterns that will produce social success. Dale carnegie's books are still great. To be brave, act brave. "social phobia" is very treatable if your tough enough -- i was. Good luck.
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How to overcome social anxiety quickly?

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Access help: There is no quick fix, but you can quickly access a mental health professional who will help you navigate the origins and symptoms of your problems. Best of luck.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can kalms help with social anxiety?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Checked the Kalms: Website and did not find the contents of kalms. Suspect it is a proprietary blend of 'plant extracts'. Without knowing what the herbs are in their formulation - can't really provide you with any helpful feedback.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How to deal with social anxiety?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Talk to: a psychologist or counselor who treats anxiety. The most effective treatments are relaxation training (sometimes with the aid of biofeedback) plus cognitive therapy that includes gradual exposure to anxiety-producing situations in imagination and real life. Therapy is sometimes augmented with medication and is quite successful.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Medicine for social anxiety?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on severity: Some people are successful in resolving social anxiety issues through talk therapy, but moderate and severe patients usually need both talk therapy and medication. One's primary care doctor can help, as he knows the patient well enough to appreciate the severity. A psychiatrist helps because he can choose to use medication or talk therapy or both. Medication is better than suffering without it.

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