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Will escitalopram help social anxiety ocd and HIV phobia??

Will escitalopram help social anxiety ocd and HIV phobia??

Escitalopram: Escitalopram is an oral drug that is used for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It may be helpful to you if combined with intensive care from a mental health care professional, but may not be fully effective if taken just as a substitute for complete care. Best wishes. ...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 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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Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Depression: You first have to rule out medical, thyroid, neurological and sleep related or drug induced causes, if all this has been ruled out then you can start meds and therapy. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more

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Brintellix can work for panic social anxiety in general anxiety?

Quite possibly: Brintellix (Vortioxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with an FDA indication for Major Depressive Disorder. It could be tried off- label for anxiety disorders. I have not personally prescribed this medication. ...Read more

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Difference between avoidant personality and social anxiety disorder and social phobia ?

Different condiions: One is a personality problem and need long term therapy. The other two are anxiety conditions and are easily treatable with medication/counselling. ...Read more

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What sssri for social phobia and agoraphobia?

What sssri for social phobia  and agoraphobia?

Meds: Anxiety meds are anxiety meds. It doesn't really matter what type of anxiety we are talking about be at social or any other type. There is no one single medication that is best for anxiety. Finding the medication that's right for the patient is often a Time consuming matter of trial and error. This means finding the right medicationfor the right patient, taken in the right dosage. ...Read more

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Could fluoxetine work for social anxiety?

Could fluoxetine work for social anxiety?

Helpful: Various SSRIs can help with depression and anxiety, although it best to also see a therapist with expertise in treating social anxiety. ...Read more

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Does a2x anxiety also cure social anxiety?

Does a2x anxiety also cure social anxiety?

Not sure what u are : asking. If a person is on strong medicine, then it should help the social anxiety. Talk to your doctor about what medicine helps and how it shows up(the problems) and possible solutions. Therapy to cope with this may prove very helpful. ...Read more

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Can neurofeedback (biofeedback) help with social anxiety disorder?

Can neurofeedback (biofeedback) help with social anxiety disorder?

Some: Biofeedback will help you to manage and control anxiety symptoms, but to help social anxiety you will need to also get graduated exposure (doing things that seems scary, but starting with easy things and working up the list until you master them). ...Read more

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Is online CBT effective with social anxiety and ocd?

Social Anxiety, OCD: Social Anxiety and OCD can affect our social relationships and enjoyment. With strong desire to change, Online Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help to solve current problems, and change unhelpful thinking and behavior. If problems are deep-rooted, severe, disabling and chronic, see Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication. ...Read more

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Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Unsure: While not really a depressant, marijuana may not help a person to feel motivated, which is often missing in depression! it might temporarily mask emotional pain, but in excess can lead to problems. Some research suggests it can potentiate mental symptoms--and results were not simply due to ill people self-medicating. And it can lead to jail. That's depressing / scary. Psychiatrists, gps? ...Read more

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How to overcome social anxiety?

How to overcome social anxiety?

Skills-Based Help: See this page of Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/EXyqE 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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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 to defeat depression and social anxiety?

Your Dr can assess: for mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi ...Read more

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Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and asperger's all mental illnesses?

Yes: All of the phenomena you list can be found in the DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association as recognized diagnoses. ...Read more

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Does wellbutrin (bupropion) help social anxiety and ocd?

Does wellbutrin (bupropion) help social anxiety and ocd?

No, not so much: Wellbutrin (bupropion) does not have much in the way of anti-anxiety or anti obsessional effects. Other medications, often ssri antidepressants work much better for this. Psychiatrists can help you find a helpful one -- evaluation first, though! ...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