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Can shark cartilage provide relief from social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, depression?

Can shark cartilage provide relief from social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, depression?

Sorry - but there is: No evidence to suggest that this is the case. Shark cartilage can endanger health as it usually contains high levels of mercury and other dangerous chemicals. ...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 would I know if I have social anxiety disorder / social phobia , without going to the doctor? I really want to know if u have it..

How would I know if I have social anxiety disorder / social phobia  , without going to the doctor? I really want to know if u have it..

Social Anxiety Rx: If you are very shy, you may have social phobia. There are several treatment options ranging from self-help books & coaching programs, individual, group talk therapies, homeopathy & psychopharmacology, depending on the severity of your symptoms and ur personal choice. Just, keep in mind that it always takes courage to step out of ur comfort zone. The more u do it, the easier it gets. Good luck! ...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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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 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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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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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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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 is the definition or description of: social anxiety disorder?

What is the definition or description of: social anxiety disorder?

Thoughts, fear,avoid: 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 & is very effective. ...Read more

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Can st. John's wort be used to treat your social anxiety disorder?

Can st. John's wort be used to treat your social anxiety disorder?

Not really : A recent study from st louis demonstrated no benefit from st john's wort in treating anxiety or depression. Some researchers reported increased anxiety with st john's wort. You shouldn't take any medication, whether obtained at a health food store or from a "naturalist" without your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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I think I have social anxiety disorder. How should I approach seeking help?

I think I have social anxiety disorder. How should I approach seeking help?

Have an open mind,: Both therapy and medications can help. Medications known as ssris like prozac, zoloft, Paxil (paroxetine) can help. Meds like xanax, Klonopin should be used for a short periods as there is risks of tolerance and addiction with this class of meds. Cognitive therapy ia time limited therapy helps you understand the way you think and how you may be developing inaccurate beliefs about your self and your world. ...Read more

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How do i overcome my social anxiety disorder??

How do i overcome my  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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I want know, what is the treatment for social anxiety disorder?

I want know, what is the treatment for social anxiety disorder?

Cognitive Behavioral: Therapy would be a good option. Psychiatric medication are sometimes indicated as well. ...Read more

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Can a pediatrician easily diagnose social anxiety disorder?

Sometimes: Most pediatricians do not have a lot of experience with DX and rx of mental illness, their training is limited and it really depends on their ability to make a judgement about what the book says and how well the info they are getting matches in an understandable way. Or seek consultation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of social anxiety disorder and depression?

What are the symptoms of social anxiety disorder and depression?

Avoiding social situ: Depression : depressed mood, lack of interest , anhidonia, poor concentration, lack of sleep or sleeping too much, poor appetite or eating too much , guilt feeling psychomotor agitataion or retaradation and suicidal ideation. ...Read more

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How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

The major difference: Is that with social anxiety disorder, the person is uncomfortable with the fact that they have difficulty in social situations and want the overcome the disorder. Someone with an avoidant personality disorder does not want to change or be around people. They are happy being a hermit. ...Read more

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What kind of meds can a psychiatrist prescribe for social anxiety disorder to help me out?

What kind of meds can a psychiatrist prescribe for social anxiety disorder to help me out?

Treatment 4 soc anx: Ssri as prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, xelexa... Can be used a single agent or combined with one or more other meds depending on gravity of anxiety. Ideally, psychotherapy should always be done along with meds. The cause of anxiety must be dealt with, if found, to treat to the root of the cause to allow resolution of the problem. Need perseverance and good motivation to be successful. ...Read more

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Hey doc i'm wondering what is the fastest possible way to overcome social anxiety disorder?

Hard work!: With cbt and medication if necessary you can overcome social anxiety. It takes a lot of persistence and hard work, but it can be done. ...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


Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more