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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can there be medication for social anxiety?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Meds can help BUT...: ... How about behavioral options? Anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl 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 & anxiety expert can be big help!
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: Social anxiety is treated in a similar fashion to other forms of anxiety. With medication and cognitive behavioral counseling.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the best medication for social anxiety?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Meds: Anxiety meds are anxiety meds. It doesn't really matter what type of anxiety we are talking about be at social or any other type. There is no one single medication that is best for anxiety. Finding the medication that's right for the patient is often a Time consuming matter of trial and error. This means finding the right medicationfor the right patient, taken in the right dosage.
Dr. Mary David
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Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
All meds also work better in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy
Feb 26, 2015
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Do I have social anxiety ?

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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
See below: "social phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties and other social events." for a more complete discussion, see below: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001953/.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do you think, could medications help me with my social anxiety?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Know All Ur Options!: I'd say cognitive-behavioral therapy & systematic desensitization is the way to go if you seek to overcome ur social anxiety. Medications may help u with the treatment, though for u to gain control of ur social anxiety it will be important 2 b able 2 *feel*some of the associated physiological & psychological symptoms. Great info here: http://bit.Ly/16k19on.

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