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How do you stop feeling anxiety in social situations?

How do you stop feeling anxiety in social situations?

Behavioral Options: See this page anxiety disorders assn of bc which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing, even overcoming anxiety in social situations : http://www. Anxietybc. Com/resources/social. Php effective treatment will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little 2 others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be a big help! ...Read more

Social Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

An anxiety disorder in which a person is preoccupied and self conscious of his or her behaviour in public and during social interactions. He or she often feels the center of judgement and that he or she is not fit enough, so quite often avoids parites, meetings, eating in public, or even asking questions all because of fear of being judged negatively. Treatment includes both medications and CBT, ...Read more


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How do you treat fear and anxiety in social situations?

How do you treat fear and anxiety in social situations?

Get expert help: There are many worthwhile meds that can facilitate improved social interaction w/ less anxiety. It takes more than meds though- you need a plan, you prob need expert counsel, & most especially u need lots of opportunity to "practice" being social. Do things with a social context- regularly! And, it may require >1med; getting the right med doses & multi-drug regimen is crucial & expert md is needed. ...Read more

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Do you avoid social situations because of your anxiety disorder?

Do you avoid social situations because of your anxiety disorder?

Yes: All types of anxiety disorders can cause a person to want to avoid social situations. This avoidance occurs because the anxiety is so strong that a person "can't stand" the idea of feeling uncomfortable or anxious, so he avoids it. Unfortunately, this avoidance becomes costly over time. But with proper treatment from a behavior therapist, avoidance can be overcome and anxiety will decrease. ...Read more

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How do you stop feeling anxiety in social situations?

Behavioral Options: See this page anxiety disorders assn of bc which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing, even overcoming anxiety in social situations : http://www. Anxietybc. Com/resources/social. Php effective treatment will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little 2 others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be a big help! ...Read more

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Everyone thinks I want to be alone, but really I have anxiety in social situations. Options?

Everyone thinks I want to be alone, but really I have anxiety in social situations. Options?

Small groups: Choosing small groups and settings that match your needs will help you feel calmer in social situations. If you're easily overwhelmed in loud, crowded spaces, choose other venues and the social anxiety diminishes. ...Read more

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I think everyone thinks I want to be a loner, but all my life I've have anxiety in social situations?

I think everyone thinks I want to be a loner, but all my life I've have anxiety in social situations?

See Below: I would suggest exploring your anxiety in social situation with a therapist who is trained in cognitive-behavioral techniques. You also might want to practice your exposure starting from least anxiety provoking situations to the most (you might want to rank what social situations are least and most anxiety provoking). Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you treat fear and anxiety in social situations?

Get expert help: There are many worthwhile meds that can facilitate improved social interaction w/ less anxiety. It takes more than meds though- you need a plan, you prob need expert counsel, & most especially u need lots of opportunity to "practice" being social. Do things with a social context- regularly! And, it may require >1med; getting the right med doses & multi-drug regimen is crucial & expert md is needed. ...Read more

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What medication would help most with anxiety in social situations along with major depression?

What medication would help most with anxiety in social situations along with major depression?

Prozac (fluoxetine): While there are many options available, prozac (fluoxetine) has a long track record in adolescents and young adults for safety and effectiveness. ...Read more

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Anxiety/social situations 'panic feeling of being stuck where I am' My new job provides a bus I'm nervous I'll get overwhelmed on it, don't want pills?

Anxiety/social situations 'panic feeling of being stuck where I am' My new job provides a bus I'm nervous I'll get overwhelmed on it, don't want pills?

Discomfort on bus.: Consider Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Behavioral Therapy, psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis to deal with your f ear of riding on the bus. Take care ...Read more

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Do you avoid social situations because of your anxiety disorder?

Yes: All types of anxiety disorders can cause a person to want to avoid social situations. This avoidance occurs because the anxiety is so strong that a person "can't stand" the idea of feeling uncomfortable or anxious, so he avoids it. Unfortunately, this avoidance becomes costly over time. But with proper treatment from a behavior therapist, avoidance can be overcome and anxiety will decrease. ...Read more

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Is crackling fingers and hands when you are in a social situation a sign of social anxiety?

No: It is perhaps a sign of mild discomfort in social situations, but it does not by any means indicate a social anxiety disorder per se. Best wishes. ...Read more

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CBT, SSRI, SNRI, Beta-blockers haven't helped to control my social anxiety. Is there any medication which can 'knock me out' before social situations?

CBT, SSRI, SNRI, Beta-blockers haven't helped to control my social anxiety. Is there any medication which can 'knock me out' before social situations?

Exposure therapy: Exposure therapy uses gradually increased exposure to anxiety triggers coupled w/ relaxation training. SSRIs can help but @ times more effective is learning to deal w/ it differently w/ help of a therapist who specializes in exposure-based therapy. CBT is good but sometimes acting your way into thinking & feeling different works better than trying to think your way into feeling & acting different. ...Read more

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How do I cure social anxiety disorder?

How do I cure social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety: Cognitive behavior therapy is effective for social anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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How to cure my social anxiety disorder?

How to cure my social anxiety disorder?

Exposure, Gradual: Most effective therapy =systematic desensitization. Involves facing/exposing yourself 2 feared object/situation but gradually, in progressive steps- from a situation assoc w/ mild level of soc anxiety 4 u, up 2 one assoc w/ extreme level. At each step u experience fear but u "stay w/ it" until level drops/u feel relaxed. Work w/ behavioral/cognitive-behavioral specialist esp. Clinical psychologist ...Read more

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How do you treat social anxiety disorder?

How do you treat social anxiety disorder?

CBT: Cognitive behavior therapy (cbt) can help people who avoid social situations. Contact a cbt therapist who specializes in social anxiety issues. He or she will work with you on addressing the unhealthy thoughts linked to social avoidance or unhealthy behaviors in uncomfortable social situations. ...Read more

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How do I treat my social anxiety disorder?

How do I treat my social anxiety disorder?

Talk to: A psychologist or counselor who treats anxiety. The most effective treatments are relaxation training (sometimes with the aid of biofeedback) plus cognitive therapy that includes gradual exposure to anxiety-producing situations in imagination and real life. Therapy is sometimes augmented with medication and is quite successful. ...Read more

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Is social anxiety disorder consider serious?

You may be the judge: If your life is being impacted, then it is a problem and how much may tell you how serious a problem it is. No one else can really experience the distress you feel or the limitations you impose on yourself to avoid that distress. The good news is that there are very successful treatments - cbt can really help - which can improve or relieve many symptoms of social anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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How do you deal with social anxiety disorder?

How do you deal with social anxiety disorder?

Effective treatment: Social anxiety disorder (aka social phobia) is a common and treatable condition. Physicians may prescribe medications to help manage symptoms as needed -- especially when severe. The essential, long-term healing work is in psychotherapy, though. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very useful. Find a psychologist or other psychotherapist trained in this work for the best results. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have social anxiety disorder?

What to do if I have social anxiety disorder?

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! ...Read more

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How to know if I have social anxiety disorder?

Fill out the: Liebowitz social anxiety scale which you can take at:
www. Socialanxietysupport. Com/disorder/liebowitz
liebowitz social anxiety scale test the liebowitz social anxiety scale (lsas) is a questionnaire developed by dr. Michael r. Liebowitz, a psychiatrist and researcher. You can get a severity score as well. One of the most important research findings of this scale is that for every 10 points a person goes up on the scale, their annual income decreases by an average of $3000 per year. This really gives some insight into how debilitating this condition can be unless it's treated. Treatment should be psychotherapy, preferably cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotropic management by a psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have social anxiety disorder?

How to tell if I have social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety: Symptoms are cognitive (overly self-conscious in social situations, leading to stuttering & sweating, etc.), behavioral (fear being embarrassed or humiliated, leading to avoidance), & physiological (sweating, nausea, difficulty breathing, shaking, heart racing). ...Read more

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How can I get help for social anxiety disorder?

Exposure, Gradual: Most effective therapy =systematic desensitization. Involves facing/exposing yourself 2 feared object/situation but gradually, in progressive steps- from a situation assoc w/ mild level of soc anxiety 4 u, up 2 one assoc w/ extreme level. At each step u experience fear but u "stay w/ it" until level drops/u feel relaxed. Work w/ behavioral/cognitive-behavioral specialist esp. Clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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What are usual signs of social anxiety disorder?

Symptoms of Soc Anx: Fear of one or more social situations in which the person may be exposed to scrutiny, fear of embarassing self. The feared situations cause high anxiety or panic attack, the situations are strongly avoided, and the person (usually) understands that the fear is unreasonable. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have social anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have social anxiety disorder?

Avoidance & Drea: Shyness is not same as social anxiety. People w/social anxiety repeatedly avoid social situations b/c they dread feeling embarrassed or judged/shamed by others. (See http://ow. Ly/EXo0z) Gradual exposure 2 those sitn's -easier ones at 1st, then harder-really helps. Tools 4 managing social anx: http://ow. Ly/EXnfP | But anything that interferes w/building relationships seems worth working on! ...Read more

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How to know if I have a social anxiety disorder?

Psychiatric eval.: Symptoms of a social anxiety disorder can including being worried about being judged by others or doing something to embarrass yourself around others. You could turn pink, sweat, tremble, suddenly find it hard to talk or make eye contact or have a shaky voice. You might avoid doing things w people so that you don't do something embarrassing ; you likely make an effort to never be the center of att. ...Read more

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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