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How can therapy help a social phobia/anxiety?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Therapy for anxiety: Teaches you skills in relaxation & how to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. Anxiety is a learned response. You retrain your mind & body to react differently. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective.
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 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!

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A 17-year-old male asked:

Need help with Social Phobia?

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Dr. Scott Lindquist
Pediatrics 29 years experience
You need an eval: You need to develop a relationship with a trusted medical provider who you can share your thoughts/emotions with freely. They should make you feel comfortable while they help sort out causes and possible treatments for social problems like phobias. Part of the eval should include looking for other conditions both medical (like thyroid disease) as well as psychiatric (depression, anxiety).
Dr. Howard Gurr
Dr. Howard Gurr commented
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Social phobia's respond well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I would suggest trying to locate a CBT therapist who works with social phobias. You could find one through a regional psychological association, local teaching hospital or mental health agencies.
Nov 26, 2014

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