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what i can do to get rid of my social phobia?

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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!
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline) or SSRI: or other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally psychiatrists' first choice prescription drugs for Social Anxiety Disorder.

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Is there anyway to rid social phobia? I'm tired of feeling this way :( why do i have to be scared to be who I am

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Neurodevelopmental: factors, even with changes on MRI in certain areas of the brain & environmental factors both contribute to Social Anxiety Disorder. Seek assessment & management by a psychiatrist & a psychologist, as both pharmacological agents & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy are very helpful.

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