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Can you tell me about the medicine of social anxiety disorder?

Can you tell me about the medicine of social anxiety disorder?

One option is: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is always to also use non-pharmacological approaches if you use anxiolytic medications. ...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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Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

See the list below: Primary medications used for the treatment of social anxiety disorder include paxil, (paroxetine) venlafaxine, clonopin, MAO inhibitors, Prozac has been used as well, and zoloft is also used frequently. I have found Lexapro be useful as well although it is not fda approved for this purpose. ...Read more

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What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

Social anxiety: Everyone seems to have an opinion on this. All are based on a series of accounts. To be FDA approved for treatment of social anxiety disorder there is a fairly rigorous process a drug manufacturer has to go through. As it turns out several agents that did not apply for FDA indication work well in some individuals. I suggest you team up with somebody who will closely advise you personally over time ...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?

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?

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 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?

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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How would I get help for social anxiety disorder?

How would I get help for social anxiety disorder?

Canada 2 The Rescue!: 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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Could you explain what is social anxiety disorder?

Could you explain what is social anxiety disorder?

Avoidance, Dread: 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 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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Is it possible that I have social anxiety disorder?

Is it possible that I have social anxiety disorder?

Maybe: 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 >. ...Read more

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Where should I seek help for social anxiety disorder?

Where should I seek help for social anxiety disorder?

Call psychologists: Or other mental health professionals and ask if they have training and experience treating social anxiety. The treatment that has proven most effective is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that includes gradual exposure in imagination and real life. Since counseling is a very personal undertaking, find someone who feels comfortable to you. ...Read more

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How can one cope with extreme social anxiety disorder?

Treatment: Psychotherapy can be very effective in overcoming the symptoms of social anxiety. Medication should be considered in more severe cases. ...Read more

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Can social anxiety disorder be caused by underlying add?

Can social anxiety disorder be caused by underlying add?

ADHD and Anxiety: Anxious behaviors may be caused by ADHD, as one of the key issues with ADHD is a problem with "executive function", essentially a problem with seeing the big picture and planning ahead appropriately. Likewise, anxiety disorders are often misdiagnosed as ADHD, as individuals may act impulsively in situations that are perceived as threatening or uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with social anxiety disorder?

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Social anxiety: Behavior modification & cognitive work with an experienced psychothewrapist. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help people with social anxiety disorder?

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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Do I have social anxiety disorder if I'm not a party person?

That depends: On how you feel going to a party. Some people are more introverted than others, but don't have anxiety when at a social function. Others feel nervous just hinking about a social event. Which are you? ...Read more

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Is it possible to get disability for Social Anxiety Disorder?

Yes : If it is severe enough and your mental residual functional capacity test shows that you are unable to function normal tasks secondary to it like going to the grocery store or a doctor’s office on your own ...Read more

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Does a social anxiety disorder have to have physical symptoms?

Does a social anxiety disorder have to have physical symptoms?

Yes: By definition ''anxiety'', whatever the cause feels like fear without a clearly known cause. Different combination and degree vary with the individual from mild to severely restricting one's life. People describe -in no particular order- dizziness, tingling in lips and/or lips, nausea, foreboding, preoccupation, ''freezing up'', urge evacuating bladder and or bowel, blurred vision. Be referred. ...Read more

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I think my friend has social anxiety disorder? How can I help?

Support: Social anxiety disorder is a panic response to fear of scrutiny, seen as stage fright&performance anxiety. Ongoing&intermittant prescription&natural medications help. Psychotherapy helps. You can support your friend as he faces socially anxious situations. Accompany him as he takes1step into"danger, "then retreats. Next, with your aid, he takes2steps into"danger, "then retreats. Continue steps until sad ends. ...Read more

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Have you used st. John's wort to treat social anxiety disorder?

Yes: St johns wort has benefits similar to prescription ssris. The thing to keep in mind is: 1. The Best outcomes are when therapy accompanies medication, 2. With herbal meds you get varied results — different brands, potency, consistency, crops, lots. The potency of stjw in general, is also less. I recommend you discuss this with your physician to help monitor progress and check interractions. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

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