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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Don't have anxiety but if need to public speak i get anxiety days weeks ahead of it, not always unpredictable what can b done?

Don't have anxiety but if need to public speak i get anxiety days weeks ahead of it, not always unpredictable what can b done?

Cognitive therapy: You can work with a psychologist who does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for this kind of anxiety. Public speaking anxiety IS a type of anxiety, even though you say you don't have anxiety. This therapy can be very helpful. Some people also find benefit in using beta-blocker medications such as Propanolol at low dose, to block peripheral symptoms of anxiety while speaking. Your physician can help. ...Read more

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Im on medication for deressionand for an anxiety disorer i can't speak in groups of more than two people im afraid im always wrong?

Im on medication for deressionand for an anxiety disorer i can't speak in groups of more than two people im afraid im always wrong?

Psychotherapy: Medications can help anxiety and depression, but the best results come along with psychotherapy. Your fear of public speaking is very common. This along with your feeling of being "always wrong" can be helped with cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Many therapists do this kind of work. If your psychiatrist does not offer psychotherapy, ask for a referral. ...Read more

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I honestly never want to speak and i rather remain silent even when i need to speak and i don't have fun like everyone else. Is this my anxiety?

I honestly never want to speak and i rather remain silent even when i need to speak and i don't have fun like everyone else. Is this my anxiety?

Too scared to talk: Social anxiety involves a fear of being judged negatively by others or being seen as inferior 2 them in some way. This leads 2 dreading social situations & social interactions, & thus 2 avoiding them. Selective mutism is tied 2 social anxiety: At times, people w/social anxiety find themselves so fearful in social situations that it's difficult 2 speak. Some simply don't speak in these situ ...Read more

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I have been taking dulexotine 60 mg 4 3 mths 4 anxiety. I do feel better but I have noticed that now I speak more than usual brutally honest. Normal?

MAYBE: This is interesting and maybe that you are less anxious and not depressed so the ability is there to express yourself. You want to make sure you lean towards assertiveness and not aggression. ...Read more

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Hi my problem is anxiety especially in crowded population.It has been generally severe when i speak.So i don't want to be social.What i will do.Tthanks?

Phobia/anxiety: Public speaking fears and fears of crowds are not uncommon there are medication and cognitive-behavioral therapies which can help. Social anxiety disorder is not unusual at your age. For some general information see: http://cpancf.Com/anxietydisordersbasics.Asp. ...Read more

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Who can I talk to about my potential anxiety?

Who can I talk to about my potential anxiety?

Licensed profession: Anxiety is quite common in terms of psychiatric problems people complain of. Its important to rule out medical causes, so talking to your physician is a good start - seeking further diagnosis from a psychiatrist or psychiatrist can help with furhter differential diagnosis and treatment options. For a basic overview see: http://cpancf.Com/anxietydisordersbasics.Asp. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to talk to a friend who has anxiety?

Can you tell me how to talk to a friend who has anxiety?

Get permission: Tell your friend that you are so sorry to see him/her suffering all the time. That you wish you could help him/her in some way, but you don't know how. Does he/she have any ideas? Your friend might say no, doesn't want help. Then you can't. But your friend might have some ideas, including helping him/her find the right therapist. Just listening, too, without trying to fix anything is healing. ...Read more

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My son, is 30 years old has anxiety to the point he doesn't talk to people, how can I help him?

My son, is 30 years old has anxiety to the point he doesn't talk to people, how can I help him?

Avoiding Discomfort: Anxiety leaves our bodies & minds feeling uncomfortable. Since most of us don't like feeling uncomfortable (incl feeling embarrassed!), we tend to start avoiding situations/experiences that have become associated w/ that discomfort. We may understand the discomfort won't kill us, but we don't necessarily see the harm in avoiding it. But avoidance can become a way of life & can shrink our worlds. ...Read more

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I have social anxiety but tomorrow I have to speak in front of a large audience. What should I do? Any tips please?

I have social anxiety but tomorrow I have to speak in front of a large audience. What should I do? Any tips please?

Move Up Fear Ladder!: Imagine different groups of people/audiences - people u think likely 2 judge ur performance (a) very critically; (b) somewhat critically; (c) neutrally; (d) somewhat uncritically; and (e) very uncritically. Practice speakeach type of audience (one or more people), working your way up from the least to the most critical. Once you feel comfortable with one person/group, graduate 2 next level. ...Read more

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