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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

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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I suffer from social anxiety disorder and depression should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist? I have several different meds over the last 15 years. I usually discontinue the meds due to the side effects and wind up back on when I have a stressful tim

I suffer from social anxiety disorder and  depression should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist? I have several different meds over the last 15 years. I usually discontinue the meds due to the side effects and wind up back on when I have a stressful tim

Hi, : Hi, more often than not, in this age of managed care medicine, psychiatrists treat patients with psychiatric medications and clinical psychologists provide different forms of talking therapy. Often the most successful outcomes are from a combination of the right medications hand- in - hand with different forms of non-medication therapy. I can understand how your trust levels could be low, if you have not had good outcomes from treatment in the past. Both depression and anxiety can be hard to treat. But, if you get no care at all, it is certain that you will continue to suffer from anxiety and depression. Even with treatment you can often take one step forward and two step backs which equates to frustration.
Overcoming your anxiety and depression is much like trying to run up an escalator that is going down. If you don't try at all, you will always be stuck at the bottom of the escalator. Even when you are working your way up, sometimes you can't keep up with the pace of the escalator and it can take you back down again. You might reach the top but have new major life stressors that bring you down again. But, your efforts will pay off in the end. Your conditions are treatable, but you will need to make a serious committment to becoming more healthy. Over the last 15 years, some incredible new psychiatric medictions have been introduced.
If the doctor who previously prescribed your medications was a family or general doctor, i recommend that you see a psychiatrist for medication management. I also recommend you see a therapist; whether it be a licensed clinical social worker, a counselor or a clinical psychologist. You want to work with a therapist you can feel comfortable with - but a warning: it is usually a little scary and akward any time you start sharing your life story with someone you have just met. You need to take advantage of the therapy; even if it is not a time of crisis or you are starting to feel better. As you are looking for an appropriate therapist, you might want to enquire if the provider is trained to do cognitive behavioral therapy - as this can be very helpful with both of your conditions.
Don't lose hope, the right help is out there. I wish you well. ...Read more

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My anxiety in general and my social anxiety disorder is not responding to any meds! what to do?

My anxiety in general and my social anxiety disorder is not responding to any meds! what to do?

Knowledge + Plan B: 1st learn more! see what is anxiety by anxiety disorders assn of bc http://bit.Ly/xueau5 everyone experiences anxiety at times. It prepares us 4 stressful &/or dangerous situations. It may cause u 2 experience sensations u dislike (sweating, racing heart) but these won't hurt u & won't last 4ever. 2nd try cbt -http://bit.Ly/xzbqnz; acthttp://bit.Ly/ztwlvz; mindfulness meditat http://bit.Ly/wdsdnu. ...Read more

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My anxiety in general and my social anxiety disorder is not responding to any meds! what can I do?

My anxiety in general and my social anxiety disorder is not responding to any meds! what can I do?

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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What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

Social anxiety: Everyone seems to have an opinion on this. All are based on a series of accounts. To be FDA approved for treatment of social anxiety disorder there is a fairly rigorous process a drug manufacturer has to go through. As it turns out several agents that did not apply for FDA indication work well in some individuals. I suggest you team up with somebody who will closely advise you personally over time ...Read more

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What to do if I have social anxiety disorder. what can I do to make him think I'm the more bubbly/chatty type?

Be yourself : If you try to be someone different than you are, you will likely become even more anxious. You don't need to be bubbly or chatty to be likeable. Dating tends to be a bit unsettling so even those without social anxiety may be a bit anxious. The more you date, the more comfortable you will become with the process or with a particular man. Visualization and relaxation can both help. ...Read more

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Which type of natural medication works for social anxiety disorder?

Which type of natural medication works for social anxiety disorder?

Nothing: Please forgive my frankness. Social anxiety disorder is highly treatable in almost all cases by talking and wise guidance. You owe it to yourself and others to re-learn social skills that may have been twisted in a confusing early envrionment. You can learn to be brave & to behave effectively, to like and to be liked by others. Choose a guide wisely. You must be brave -- no pill can supply thay. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the medicine of social anxiety disorder?

Can you tell me about the medicine of social anxiety disorder?

One option is: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is always to also use non-pharmacological approaches if you use anxiolytic medications. ...Read more

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Are there other less common symptoms of social anxiety disorder?

Less than what?: Social anxiety d/o or social phobia is a marked and consistent fear of one or more social or performance situations with unfamiliar people and/or where one may be scrutinized by others leading to excessive or unreasonable anxiety and interferes significantly with normal routine and marked distress. ...Read more

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Best approach to dealing with someone with social anxiety disorder? What should I do?

Helping person w SAD: There are no simple answers to this but i'm going to give you links to three websites with excellent discussions of the issues.
www.mayoclinic.com/health/social-anxiety-disorder/ds...

www.livingwithanxiety.com/articles/anxiety/how-to...

Ezinearticles.Com/?How-to-help-someone-with-social... ...Read more

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What can I do to get over social anxiety disorder?

Desensitization: Start regularly socializing with small, and i mean small groups of people you know personally in a variety of social situations, and slowly increase the number of friends. Then, slowly have your friends invite people you may not know personally, just one or two to start with, and increase the numbers of known and unknown people over time. Should the anxiety spike, stick with smaller mixed groups o. ...Read more

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What is a good way to get over social anxiety disorder?

Desensitization: Start regularly socializing with small, and i mean small groups of people you know personally in a variety of social situations, and slowly increase the number of friends. Then, slowly have your friends invite people you may not know personally, just one or two to start with, and increase the numbers of known and unknown people over time. Should the anxiety spike, stick with smaller mixed groups o. ...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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What to do if a teacher finds a student like those with a social anxiety disorder?

What to do if a teacher finds a student like those with a social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety: For kids, counseling with school guidance counselor to apply behavior techniques through gradual exposure and response prevention. ...Read more

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I have social anxiety disorder and its ruining my life.I can't interact with anyone and can't make any friends.I don't know what to do and need advice?

I have social anxiety disorder and its ruining my life.I can't interact with anyone and can't make any friends.I don't know what to do and need advice?

Why not invest now..: ...in treatment for social anxiety (& any other limiting psychological conditions), so that in another few years u can say "In 2013, I began 2 reverse course & dedicated myself 2 cultivating close relationships & engaging in life! It was best thing I ever did 4 myself & those I love/who love me." Find clinical psychologist/anxiety expert 2help. Learn about social anxiety: http://bit.ly/16k19on ...Read more

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What can you do to get treatment for 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 can I have a normal dating life if I have social anxiety disorder?

How can I have a normal dating life if I have social anxiety disorder?

Anxiety & Dating: Well, if you have social anxiety you won't have "normal" dating. If you are truly interested in overcoming your social anxiety, seek treatment. Treatment could be very effective and assist you with this desire. ...Read more

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What are the differences between social anxiety disorder and selective mutism?

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What are the differences between social anxiety disorder and selective mutism?

Social anxiety: Excellent question. Most times it is not easy to differentiate the two, however, in selective mutism the anxiety is in situations where strangers are present & the patient is shy, but he/she has no problem communicating with people at home. In social anxiety, there is intense irrational fear of being watched, evaluated or scrutinized by others, and here the avoidance is extreme. ...Read more

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I have social anxiety disorder and selective mutism, so should I go on medication for it?

I have social anxiety disorder and selective mutism, so should I go on medication for it?

Seek Help: It is important to make sure you are involed with therapy to help provide support in coping with anxiety. In addition you need to strongly consider medication treatment if you are not already taking medication. Some of the antidepressants have been shown to be helpful for social anxiety. It is likely that your selective mutism is connected to anxiety, and medication may help for that 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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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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Social anxiety disorder - are there treatments to get better without medication? Having SAD affects to employment?

Social Anxiety: Anxiety always started somewhere with a true threat, and the best long-term solution is to work with a Psychologist expert in treating anxiety disorders. I highly recommend EMDR Therapy as a faster and more tolerable therapy. www.emdria.org can help you find an EMDR trained therapist in your area. ...Read more

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How can I talk to my doctor about social anxiety disorder?

Clearly: Present your symptoms and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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How to overcome the itchy eye symptoms of social anxiety disorder ?

Anxiety symptoms: If you believe the itchy eyes are caused by the anxiety, the long term solution is to address the cause of the anxiety. I have a great explanation of how what seemed like small stressors can produce bigger symptoms over time. Social anxiety is usually caused by being barraged by criticism, verbal abuse, bullying etc. EMDR is an extremely effective trauma therapy that can really turn around the pro ...Read more

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How do you deal with social anxiety disorder?

How do you deal with social anxiety disorder?

Effective treatment: Social anxiety disorder (aka social phobia) is a common and treatable condition. Physicians may prescribe medications to help manage symptoms as needed -- especially when severe. The essential, long-term healing work is in psychotherapy, though. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very useful. Find a psychologist or other psychotherapist trained in this work for the best results. Good luck! ...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


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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere ...Read more