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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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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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How do I know if I have a social anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have a social anxiety disorder?

Ask yourself: If you're afraid of doing something humiliating or embarrassing in front of people, such as meeting new people or eating or writing in public. Do you avoid or dread social situations in which others may observe you? Social anxiety usually starts in childhood or early adulthood. It occurs in about 11% of the U.S. Population. For a definite diagnosis, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have social phobia or anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have social phobia or anxiety disorder?

See a Professional: Instead of self-diagnosing, it generally is best to go see a professional. Psychologists and psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat social phobia and anxiety disorders. ...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 do i know if i have social anxiety?

How do i know if i have social anxiety?

Various forms...: Anxiety can show itself in various forms and to a variety of degrees. Mild anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if it is temporary and in response to a direct stimulus. Moderate to severe anxiety that is consistent and not in response to some specific identifiable trigger is more problematic regardless of whether you have an "attack." If this is you...consult with a psychologist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression and/or an anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have depression and/or an anxiety disorder?

Mental health eval: Can help to determine if you have depression ; /or an anxiety disorder. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts.Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension. ...Read more

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Think I have avoidant personality disorder, what do I do?

Think I have avoidant personality disorder, what do I do?

Treatment: Personality disorders require treatment by a trained professional. Good news for those with avoidant personality disorders, because the therapeutic relationship is a safe, private, relationship with strong boundaries on behaviors and responses. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my parents won't believe I have depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety?

What do you suggest if my parents won't believe I have depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety?

Invite them in: Have them attend a session with your Psychiatrist or Psychologist. Education is a critical piece of treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have panic disorder?

How do I know if I have panic disorder?

You may have PD if U: 1) experience frequent, unexpected panic attacks that aren’t tied to a specific situation. 2) worry a lot about having another panic attack. 3) are behaving differently because of the panic attacks, such as avoiding places where u’ve previously panicked. Still, even if u don't meet the specific criteria for pd, u deserve to feel better about ur symptoms! consult w/ ur dr. Or a therapist. Gl! ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have extreme social phobia?

I need help! How do I know if I have extreme social phobia?

Desensitization: Start regularly socializing with small, and i mean small groups of people you know personally in a variety of social situations, and slowly increase the number of friends. Then, slowly have your friends invite people you may not know personally, just one or two to start with, and increase the numbers of known and unknown people over time. Should the anxiety spike, stick with smaller mixed groups o ...Read more

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Think I have OCD and kelptomania. What do I do about it?

Think I have OCD and kelptomania. What do I do about it?

Multimodal: Both ocd and kleptomania have roots in anxiety, with biological components. Both are likely to respond to a combination of behavioral therapy pus medication. Ask your md for a referral. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have obsessive compulsion disorder?

I need help! How do I know if I have obsessive compulsion disorder?

Get real help: The only way you can know is if you get a professional assessment. If you are experiencing symptoms of OCD and it is having a negative impact on your life you should get help with it. There are therapists that can help. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have a anxiety disorder?

Which one: There are many kind of anxiety disorder from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder to post traumatic stess disorder to social phobia to obsessive compulsive disorder to plain anxiety disorder with mood adjustment .So if u feel u have anxiety pay a visit to your primary doctor and ask if u need to see a psychiatrist it may just be stress induced hyokalemia and hypocalcemia. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?

U worry too much: Most anxieties are temporary and transient and are provoked by worrying, stressful events. If it's pervasive and continuous, try some relaxation exercises, imagery techniques, aerobic exercise, nutritional supplements, spiritual approach, seek medical advise or counseling. Don't take life so seriously and try a little humor and comedy. Live one day at a time. Check this site:theinterviewwithgod.Com. ...Read more

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I think I have anxiety, depression, and or hypochondriasis. How do I tell for sure?

I think I have anxiety, depression, and or hypochondriasis. How do I tell for sure?

See your doctor: The most sure-fire way to know how to understand your symptoms is to get a professional evaluation. I suggest starting with your doctor and then seeing a specialist like a psychiatrist or psychologist if your doctor suggests it or refers you to someone. The positive news is that all of these conditions respond well to effective treatments. Don't delay, make an appointment so you can get better. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have obsessive compulsive disorder?

How do I know if I have obsessive compulsive disorder?

Insight: The important thing about OCD is that you realize that the thoughts and behaviors don't make a lot of sense to others. For example, if you have obsessions of contamination and need to wash your hands, you realize that everyone else would see that as strange. The anxiety is just too uncomfortable to do nothing. Children don't need to have the insight to have ocd. ...Read more

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I believe I have social anxiety disorder. What should I do about it? I want to not be anxious anymore and live my life

I believe I have social anxiety disorder. What should I do about it? I want to not be anxious anymore and live my life

Mental Health: You might be correct, but it's also hard to diagnose ourselves. I suggest a through evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist before anything else. A psychologist can help you with psychotherapy about your social relationships, or difficulty with them. Many psychiatrists can do this therapy also, and can also recommend any medications that might be helpful. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have social anxiety in school?

What can I do if I have social anxiety in school?

Your Discomfort Zone: See this page from Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing, even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/EX9Nx 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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I need help! How do I know if I have avoidant personality disorder?

I need help! How do I know if I have avoidant personality disorder?

See below: We all have different personality traits at certain points in our lives. If you need to know your diagnosis, you will have to be evaluated face-to-face by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Some things just cannot be diagnosed over the internet :) ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression and anxiety?

How do I know if I have depression and anxiety?

Anxiety or depressio: First a professional evaluation is a must because both conditions can not only coexist but it is a chicken or egg question. Did depression come first and lead to anxiety or vice versa. Also some condition like bipolar 2 disorders have both anxiety and depression. The treatment is different depending what predominates. Anxiety gives a person a very contant sense of fear and depression with pessism. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere ...Read more


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Social Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

An anxiety disorder in which a person is preoccupied and self conscious of his or her behavior in public ...Read more