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Do I have social anxiety ?

Do I have social anxiety ?

Consultation: Many people feel anxious in some social situations, and it is rather common to be anxoious about speaking in front of a large group. Social anxiety disorder is a more specific and pervasive anxiety about talking or interacting with others that interferes with functioning. See here for more: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/socialanxietydisorderwhatis.Asp. ...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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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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What can be done for social anxiety?

What can be done for social anxiety?

Wallflower: You can try cognitive behavioral therapy with a psychologist with or without medication such as an ssri like prozac, lexapro, etc. Low dose benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam) or Klonopin prior to a social event but do not mix with alchohol! the main thing is to try not to avoid social events and keep trying! ...Read more

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What is the causes of social anxiety?

Interacting factors!: Social anxiety is usually caused by several interacting factors. A person can have a genetic or neurological vulnerability (for example more sensitivity to fear or anxiety); certain experiences (such as being rejected a lot) or living in a specific stressful environment (for example high performance expectations) can act on these vulnerabilities resulting in social anxiety. ...Read more

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What can be done about social anxiety?

What can be done about social anxiety?

Behavioral Options: See this page of the Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational and self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing and even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/EXlKf Effective treatment for social anxiety involves 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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What can I do about my social anxiety?

What can I do about my social anxiety?

Exposure Therapy: See this page of the Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing, even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/F3lXj Effective treatment involves 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! Gr8 documentary: http://ow.ly/F3fzQ ...Read more

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What should I do about social anxiety?

What should I do about social anxiety?

Behavioral Options: See this page anxiety disorders assn of bc which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing, even overcoming anxiety in social situations : http://www.Anxietybc.Com/resources/social.Php effective treatment will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little 2 others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be a big help! ...Read more

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How could you deal with social anxiety?

How could you deal with social anxiety?

Behavioral Options: See this page anxiety disorders assn of bc which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing, even overcoming anxiety in social situations : http://www.Anxietybc.Com/resources/social.Php effective treatment will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little 2 others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be a big help! ...Read more

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How to be diagnosed for social anxiety?

How to be diagnosed for social anxiety?

Consider: a comprehensive evaluation by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist for accurate diagnosis. Take care. ...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 can you help with my social anxiety?

How can you help with my social anxiety?

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://ow.ly/EXgDl 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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Can reading help reduce social anxiety?

Can reading help reduce social anxiety?

Avoiding Engagement?: Do you mean reading to yourself while in uncomfortable social situations? This would seem like a way of avoiding interacting w/ others in that situation - and avoidance is the hallmark of social anxiety. (People avoid interacting so they don't risk embarrassing themselves - saying/doing something that others might judge them negatively about.) Gr8 documentary on social anxiety: http://ow.ly/F3fzQ ...Read more

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Is there a medication for social anxiety?

Is there a medication for social anxiety?

Yes: Social anxiety is treated in a similar fashion to other forms of anxiety. With medication and cognitive behavioral counseling. ...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 there be medication for social anxiety?

Can there be medication for social anxiety?

Meds can help BUT...: ... How about behavioral options? Anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl 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 & anxiety expert can be big help! ...Read more

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What to do if I am akward (social anxiety)?

What to do if I am akward (social anxiety)?

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 involves 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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What is best med for severe social anxiety?

No fun!: The good news: this is highly treatable with a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and, if needed, medications. The right combination will depend on your health and other medicines. Social anxiety is driven by many cognitive & behavioral factors so meds alone often are not a cure. Call your primary doctor soon -discuss you symptoms; add a referral to a licensed specialist. It will help. ...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