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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is social anxiety similar to depression, or completely unrelated?

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Dr. Kira Stein
25 years experience
It's Complicated: Social phobia involves excessive anxiety & avoidance due to a fear of embarrassment or humiliation in a wide variety of social situations. The condition is the 2nd most common behavioral disorder, and affects 13% of americans at some point in their lives. Social anxiety can increase the risk of developing clinical depression and, once depression sets in, it tends to worsen social anxiety.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How to defeat depression and social anxiety?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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Counseling: With a trusted and competent therapist to start. Also, exercise, have positive relationships, avoid isolation
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