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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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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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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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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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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...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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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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How do you overcome depression, boredom and social isolation?

How do you overcome depression, boredom and social isolation?

Life purpose: I agree with dr. Ulrich about the need for evaluation & treatment for depression. This can definitely help. Also very important is finding your own purpose for being on the planet, and giving your time, love, and energy to that. There is not one of us who has nothing to give and share with others. It can be a challenge finding it though -- treatment can help you get clear enough to find yours. ...Read more

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Anxiety, stress, worry, panic attacks. Are they a continuum.?

More like a mix.: The first three often are used interchangably, though they differ. One can feel "stressed, " which usually means worried and anxious, but stress also makes people worried and anxious. One could be worried without necessarily being anxious. Panic attacks, though, are a different level. They are a specific reaction to anxiety to which some people are vulnerable and others are not. ...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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Tell me if depression lead to a social phobia and/or anxiety disorder?

Tell me if depression lead to a social phobia and/or anxiety disorder?

Yes and No: Although anxiety and depression commonly co-occur, depression will only lead to social phobia if the individual has a predisposition to develop social phobia to begin with (genetics, psychological vulnerability, shyness as a trait, etc). The best evidence for depression and anxiety is generalized anxiety disorder, which shares more in common with depression than any other anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Personalization cognitive disorder test online?

Personalization cognitive disorder test online?

Online cognitive: Gosh, never heard of such a combination? Cognitive test makes sense, but be wary of online tests. In most states psychological testing must be done by a licensed psychologist, and this provides legal confidentiality. For general discussion see http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/internetpsychotherapyethics.Asp. ...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 psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

It can...: Depending on the child that you are treating. No child is the same and should not be treated that way. With social anxiety disorder, it may be useful to take an eclectic approach using play therapy, social skills training, and relaxation training in working with this diagnosis that requires skill building. ...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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Does havg a dream career conquer social anxeity disorder?

While having a dream: career can certainly help with work life satisfaction, it does not necessarily mean that symptoms of social anxiety will disappear. Speaking with a therapist could help with social anxiety. ...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