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what can people with social anxiety act like?

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Dr. L. Kevin Chapman
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Avoidance : Typically, people with social anxiety engage in either overt or subtle avoidance behaviors. Either completely avoiding social situations where scrutiny is possible or enduring these situations where avoidance is not possible with severe anxiety symptoms such as shaking, short responses, avoiding prolonged conversations, avoiding eye contact, "early exits" from situation, sweating, trembling, etc.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

I am very shy and anxious around people-. What is the most effective medicine for social anxiety?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Varies individually: Start with counseling . Significant social anxiety can be dealt with by using a process called desensitization . Non addictive medications if needed after counseling has been tried ( buspirone, Hydroxyzine , Propranolol and atenolol) should be the next step. Most used are bezodiazepines like valium, xanax, (alprazolam) Ativan and Klonopin but are addictive. Best long term are serotonergic antidepressants.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Is there a drug that helps treat social anxiety that doesn't have anxiety as a side effect?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
There are some - but: Some have their problems. Benzodiazepines don't cause anxiety until trying to reduce or stop them & are potentially addictive. Serotonergic antidepressants can cause anxiety until taken at reasonable doses for a period of time. Buspirone is weakly effective & no anxiety provoking properties. Inderal (propranolol) can help anticipatory/performance anxiety & moderate general anxiety safely & doesn't cause anxiety.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can be done about social anxiety?

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Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescheranswered
Psychiatry 49 years experience
It depends: Social anxiety is relatively common in adolescents and usually is not crippling and, beyond doing what you can to gain confidence is not worth treating. If it is severe and causing serious problems there are two complementary approaches: 1) a beta-blocker will decrease the response to the anxiety (so no one else knows), and 2) psychotherapy will help you find out what is causing the anxiety.
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How can I address and take action on my 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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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can you help with my social anxiety?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Social anxiety: See your pcp to discuss the problem. He/she may prescribe medication that may ease some of the symptoms &/or refer you to a therapist for counselling.

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