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Dr. Ned Kalin
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Shyness (Definition)

People range in how they interact with others from very introverted or shy to very outgoing. Those that are shy tend to want to be by themselves, a introspective and thoughtful, anxious in their interactions with others and may prefer solitary activities rather than social ones. These are style differences and fall in the range of "normal." Some people are shy sometimes ...Read more


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Do I have social anxiety? Im really shy and hate speaking to groups.Whenever I have to i shake and feel sick/really hot. I worry about little things.

Yes, but it's mental: Social anxiety is a discomfort or a fear when a person is in social interactions that involve a concern about being judged or evaluated by others.[1] it is typically characterized by an intense fear of what others are thinking about them (specifically fear, criticism, or rejection), which results in the individual feeling insecure, and that they are not good enough for other people. ...Read more

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Question about social anxiety--is that just extreme shyness?

Question about social anxiety--is that just extreme shyness?

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 tell if I have social anxiety or i'm just shy?

How to tell if I have social anxiety or i'm just shy?

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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What is the difference between shyness and social anxiety disorder?

What is the difference between shyness and social anxiety disorder?

Difference of Degree: Shyness refers to a personality trait that is relatively common. Social anxieity disorder is a much more disabling condition in which a person's functioning is significantly impaired by anxiety related to social settings and situations. ...Read more

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Good day. I am male, 26 years old.My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or social phobia, social anxiety.

Good day. I am male, 26 years old.My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or  social phobia, social anxiety.

Need evaluation: Your symptoms are a mix predominantly of depression and anxiety. You need a competent mental health evaluation including a thorough history to help clarify what underlies your symptoms. Consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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I am very shy and anxious around people-. What is the most effective medicine for social anxiety?

I am very shy and anxious around people-. What is the most effective medicine 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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I'm an introvert which means I like to be alone. I also suffer from social anxiety. Is there any kind of medicine I can take to help me. ?

I'm an introvert which means I like to be alone. 
I also suffer from social anxiety. 
Is there any kind of medicine I can take to help me. ?

OMG, so embarrassed!: Social anxiety involves a strong desire 2 avoid social situations b/c of extreme self-consciousness + fear of being judged by others &/or of embarrassing self in front of others. The avoidance keeps fears alive & belief grows that will be judged &/or will embarrass self. The imagined discomfort feels DREADFUL. Learn more abt SA (anxietybc.org) & what works. Find psychologist specializing in 2 help ...Read more

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Social Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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