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Why is my son so shy? He is intelligent and a great writer but awkward at 17.

Why is my son so shy? He is intelligent and a great writer but awkward at 17.

Introvert like me: Writers are often introverts. I was very shy as a child. Some kids grow out of shyness. If his shyness prevents him from enjoying life, you should seek the help of a professional psychologist. On the other hand, many children lose their shyness when they find a group to associate with that has their niche interest. Consider a writers group or a specific writers group such as fiction writers. ...Read more

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My 18 yrs old son has extreme shyness. His therapist want him to ask his primary doctor for anti-anxiety med. either Paxil (paroxetine) or zoloft. which is best???

My 18 yrs old son has extreme shyness. His therapist want him to ask his primary doctor for anti-anxiety med. either Paxil (paroxetine) or zoloft. which is best???

Either: either one of those drugs, or another related to them is likely to be effective in conjunction with the psychotherapy for the social anxiety disorder. The best one is one that your son will tolerate with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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How to overcome the embarrassed feeling and shyness at my physical I have had some awkward exams?

How to overcome the embarrassed feeling and shyness at my physical
I have had some awkward exams?

A trusted friend: If possible, bring a trusted friend or relative with you to the exam, to give you someone you know to focus on, and distract you from the anxiety provoking aspects of the exam. ...Read more

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What is the cause of shyness?

What is the cause of shyness?

Think of others: Shyness and self-consciousness can stem from a desire to avoid the negative evaluation of others. Practicing focusing techniques works well for many people. In your interactions with others focus on them and their interests. Increase your curiosity about them and their experiences. Let them tell you their story. Celebrate their victories and encourage them in their struggles. Therapy could help. ...Read more

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How can I conquer extreme shyness?

How can I conquer extreme shyness?

It's important to: Work on your self esteem. Work with a therapist and build your confidence to overcome your shyness. It is worth it. ...Read more

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How does shyness affect your health?

How does shyness affect your health?

Risk factor: Shyness is associated less social support and difficulty adapting to significant life transitions (I.e., changing schools or jobs). As a result shy individuals are more at risk for social anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem that may lead to negative health outcomes. However shyness exists on a continuum from mild/non-clinical to severe social phobia, with 20-40+% of people report shyness. ...Read more

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How can you deal with extreme shyness?

How can you deal with extreme shyness?

Try to reach beyond: Your comfort zone. Set some simple goals, i.e., to smile and say something at a social gathering to one new person. Practice before hand some possible things to say. Join a social group that does some activity you like, ie, hiking or volleyball. Meet with a therapist to develop some goals and practice. Good luck & let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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Is there any medication used for shyness?

Psychotherapy: Shyness is almost certainly not directly a physical disease so it's best the address it interpersonally. There are many experienced therapists who specialize in this - you can inquire by calling. It can take a few sessions to discover if this is a goof fit - but you can learn skills that will resolve it over time w/ your effort. If they think an anti-anxiety pill will help - they'll refer for that ...Read more

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How do you help cure shyness in your child?

How do you help cure shyness in your child?

Get them involved in: Activities that will build self confidence. Acting classes, dance, music all include some recitals/performances. Pick something that the child enjoys and hopefully can excel in. Programs like the girl or boy scouts also help by getting them involved in groups and by getting acheivment badges. This will help them try many different kinds of activities and make friends in the process. ...Read more

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Is there any effective way to reduce shyness?

Is there any effective way to reduce shyness?

Exposure: Shyness like other traits, can be modified, but not completely eliminated. Exposing yourself to new situations with unknown people repeatedly may ib essence desensitize yourself to shyness in these situations. By forcing yourself to meet and interact with ubfamiliar people may also boost your self- confidence. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Shyness?

What is the definition or description of: Shyness?

Prefer to be alone: 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 and outgoing other times ...Read more

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Are there drugs that help with shyness and make you more social?

Are there drugs that help with shyness and make you more social?

Sort of: There are drugs that decrease anxiety, which would allow you to feel freer to interact in social situations. HOWEVER, you may not be socially anxious, but just introverted. Extraversion/introversion is thought to be "normally distributed," which means literally half the population is introverted. If so for you, it's not something to treat with medication, but rather to embrace and work with. ...Read more

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How do you treat or cure shyness in your child, without medicice?

How do you treat or cure shyness in your child, without medicice?

Shyness not illness: Shyness is not an illness; it is a personality trait. However, sometimes there are underlying issues related to anxiety that need to be treated. If it seems to be a more serious problem, please do not label your child "shy". Try not to put your child "on the spot". Help build up your child's self-esteem and give your child plenty of encouragement. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between shyness and something else?

Impairment: Most of us are shy in at least some settings. If you are shy but it doesn't interfere with how you live your life, don't worry about it. It shyness starts to rule--avoiding situations, refusing to go somewhere you really want to go, becoming a "homebody, " then it well may be more than just shyness and time to seek help with a professional. ...Read more

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How might extreme shyness be overcome?

How might extreme shyness be overcome?

Meds + therapy: Best approach is to engage in a specific type of therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) to learn coping skills and practice overcoming your fears with a professional by your side. Medications such as ssris (prozac, zoloft, (sertraline) celexa, etc..) can be very helpful as well. A. ...Read more

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How to overcome shyness?

How to overcome shyness?

No simple way: This is an issue that may be a problem . Comes from number of things. If self image is poor then shyness is not easy to overcome. Need to feel good about yourself. ARE you shy around anyone or just women. You can practice what to say to other in from of mirror. Get ideas from parent or good friend. Then practice in mirror. Note then going out with people you trust and engage in social areas helps ...Read more

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How can I get over shyness?

Focus on them: Shy people tend to be preoccupied with themselves (e.g., will people like me?) when they encounter others.Consider, the next time you meet someone, focus on learning about the other person (a favorite subject for many). This will take the spotlight off you, and may help you relax. Relaxation and mindfulness skills can also be invaluable as can developing interests to bolster your self-confidence. ...Read more

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How do I get over my shyness?

Exposure: Shyness like other traits, can be modified, but not completely eliminated. Exposing yourself to new situations with unknown people repeatedly may ib essence desensitize yourself to shyness in these situations. By forcing yourself to meet and interact with ubfamiliar people may also boost your self- confidence. ...Read more

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How can I get over extreme shyness?

How can I get over extreme shyness?

Shyness: Force yourself to simply start a conversation with someone you are around...For example. Go to the coffee house and strike up a conversation about anything with the coffee employee. ...Read more

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How to overcome shyness with medication?

How to overcome shyness with medication?

May Not Be Needed: Shyness by itself is a normal personality trait and does not automatically require treatment. However, if shyness is part of a more severe picture, or if you are not able to do the things you really need to do, then it would be worthwhile to talk to a mental health professional. Medication may or may not be needed. ...Read more