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hey doc i'm wondering what is the fastest possible way to overcome social anxiety disorder?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Fastest?: Fastest would require medication in the ssri class if frequent episodes, or a mild benzodiazepine if infrequent; best would require combination medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Alison Segal
General Practice 19 years experience
Hard work!: With cbt and medication if necessary you can overcome social anxiety. It takes a lot of persistence and hard work, but it can be done.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Social Anxiety: Having strong support system also helps.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
See U PCP for medic: Or see. Therapist , to help u w u social anxiety.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Mood Disorders: According to the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental disorders, mood disorders are classified as either major depression, bipolar disorders, organic mood disorders, or substance-induced mood disorders.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Cyclothymia: Is a mood disorder, a milder form of bipolar disorder where you experience mood changes (highs & lows) for at least 2 years (at least 1 year if child/adolescent).
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Cognitive behavioral therapy is often helpful in cases of social anxiety disorder.
Sep 10, 2013
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Aggression: Is hostile, forceful or attacking behavior, intended to cause harm or increase social dominance. It originated from the latin word meaning "attack". It can be physical or verbal.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Body image: Is feelings of aesthetics & sexual attractiveness of one's own body.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Listlessness: Another term for fatigue, which can be physical (muscle ache or weakness) or mental (such as being sleepy or lacking attention).
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Marijuana abuse: Is maladaptive pattern of use of marijuana leading to clinically significant distress or impairment (work/school/home) , recurrent use in hazardous situations, recurrent legal consequences, with use persisting inspite of such difficulties.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Medical Marijuana: Use of the herb cannabis as a physician-recommended form of medicine (herbal therapy), or use of synthetic cannabinoids such as thc for same reason. Some uses include remedy for nausea/vomiting, in aids patients & ones on chemotherapy to stimulate hunger, in treating glaucoma, neurogenic pain, & spasticity in multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depersonalization: Is abnormal self awareness, consisting of a feeling of oneself act while having no control over a situation. They feel they have changed, & the world has become vague or dream-like or unreal or lacking significance, as if they are living in a dream.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sleep deprivation: Not having enough sleep. If chronic, it can cause fatigue, excess daytime sleepiness, clumsiness.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sedative: Is a substance that induces sedation by reducing irritability or excitement. Also called a tranquilizer. Examples are barbiturates, benzodiazepines, herbal sedatives, such as kava & valerian, hypnotics, & antihistamines.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Delusion: Is false belief, held with strong conviction, inspite of evidence to the contrary. Main criteria for diagnosis are; certainty, incorrigibility, & falsity of content.

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Is there a difference between social anxiety disorder and selective mutism?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: Selective mutism is typically a facet of an anxiety disorder (social phobia). Other manifestations associated with selective mutism include excessive shyness, dependency on parents, withdrawal, and oppositional behavior.
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I think I have social anxiety disorder. How should I approach seeking help?

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Social Anxiety Dis.: Consult with a psychoterapist for possible behavioral therapy.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Does a social anxiety disorder have to have physical symptoms?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Yes: By definition ''anxiety'' , whatever the cause feels like fear without a clearly known cause. Different combination and degree vary with the individual from mild to severely restricting one's life. People describe -in no particular order- dizziness, tingling in lips and/or lips, nausea, foreboding, preoccupation, ''freezing up'', urge to evacuate bladder and or bowel, blurred vision. Be referred.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What kind of meds can a psychiatrist prescribe for social anxiety disorder to help me out?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAO answered
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Treatment 4 soc anx: Ssri as prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, xelexa... Can be used a single agent or combined with one or more other meds depending on gravity of anxiety. Ideally, psychotherapy should always be done along with meds. The cause of anxiety must be dealt with, if found, to treat to the root of the cause to allow resolution of the problem. Need perseverance and good motivation to be successful.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Social anxiety disorder has an average age of onset of 13 years of age and effects 13 % of the population. It is highly genetic in cause, therefor exploratory therapy is only likely to help if the particular symptom has a traumatic cause. Cognitive- behavioral and exposure therapy are the most effective non- medicinal therapies.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Do I have social anxiety disorder if i'm not a party person?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Not necessarily.: People have tendencies and preferences. Unless something really interferes with your function it is likely not a "disorder".

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