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A 28-year-old female asked:

Any suggestions for social anxiety? i don't have health insurance and i've been on a wait list for free mental health services since may 2012.

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jane Velez
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Social anxiety hard: Get the book, hope and help for your nerves for some tips from dr. Weekes. Those confident-appearing people you see? At least 50 percent are as scared as you are. Remember that! people usually grow out of shyness, another word for it. I used to be shy, no one would know it now. Just talk! don't worry about sounding like a fool and you have it licked!
Dr. David Schleimer
A Verified Doctoranswered
undefined 38 years experience
Self help: Until you can get access to a mental health professional, you can help yourself by doing some simple things: first, remember that almost everyone has some social anxiety and you are not alone. Secondly, concentrate on your breathing: slow it down, inhale deeply, exhale slowly and feel your heart rate go down. Thirdly, exercise! it will produce natural endorphines and help you relax. Good luck!
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Consider: Consider getting on another free clinic's wait list. Over a year is too long to be waiting. Call them back and complain. There are self help groups, which could be a resource. You would have to really push yourself to go despite your social anxiety, but it would be worth it. People at a self help group may know of other free clinics or other resources in your community. Good luck and let us know.

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