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Do antidepressants actually help will social anxiety?

Do antidepressants actually help will social anxiety?

Yes They Can: Social anxiety aka social phobia is a persistant and irrational fear of situations that might involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties or other social events. Ssris such as paxil, (paroxetine) prozac, and zoloft are generally first choice medications. Mirtazepine has proven effective as well as maois. Benzodiazepines are commonly used but have a risk of addiction. Psychotherapy can also help. ...Read more

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Social Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

Like all anxiety disorders, it is biologically based. The person is preoccupied & is self conscious of his behaviour in public & during social interaction, feels the center of judgement and he is not fit enough, so quite often they avoid parites, meetings , eating in public or even asking questions all because of fear of being judged negatively. Treatment is both meds & cbt ...Read more


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What is the best ssri antidepressant for social anxiety? I know that people react diffrently to.medications but im not sure what is best for.me

What is the best ssri antidepressant for social anxiety? I know that people react diffrently to.medications but im not sure what is best for.me

Equal: On face value most SSRIs are equivalent to each other. Specific recommendations depend on other medicines you take, your reaction, any side effects you might have and your genetic drug metabolizing enzymes. Fluoxetine also known as Prozac (fluoxetine) was the first SSRI and has a long half life so can be taken once per week but otherwise all at pretty similar. ...Read more

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What pill is good for social anxiety thats not Buspar (buspirone) or habit forming or an antidepressant?

What pill is good for social anxiety thats not Buspar (buspirone) or habit forming or an antidepressant?

Eliminated most meds: Ssri type antidepressants are usually prescribed for lasting results. Benzodiazepines like valium, ativan, and Klonopin (clonazepam) are in another category of antianxiety medications. They are most effective for the short term.Taken as prescribed these medications have a low probability of being habit forming. You could also try herbal remedies such as velarian root and camomile tea, . ...Read more

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Xanax (alprazolam) vs anti-depressants for my social anxiety, which would you recommend?

Xanax (alprazolam) vs anti-depressants for my social anxiety, which would you recommend?

Antidepressant: Antidepressant would be a better choice for the first attempt at treatment. They do not cause tolerance or withdrawal that can lead to dependence. Xanax (alprazolam) does have a higher risk for dependence. Xanax (alprazolam) can make you drowsy and many antidepressants on the market do not. ...Read more

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How to deal with social anxiety?

How to deal with social anxiety?

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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How to deal with social anxiety?

How to deal with social anxiety?

CBT therapy: Social anxiety responds well to professional mental health treatment. An effective treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy with an individual therapist. Also it's really important to confront your social anxiety and group therapy may provide you the support and push you need to overcome your fears. ...Read more

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How can I cure my social anxiety?

How can I cure my social anxiety?

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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Does htp work for social anxiety?

Does htp work for social anxiety?

5 HTP: 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-htp) is decarboxylated to serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-ht). It is reported to help with anxiety. I don't know about social anxiety disorder in specific. Have you considered seeing a psychiatrist/ psychologist to get a better handle on this? ...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