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

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Agoraphobia, free of the marketplace, is a known problem and can be extreme.
Unlike anxiety in most cases there can be no real cause. Really not understood well but can be debilitating.

In brief: No

Agoraphobia, free of the marketplace, is a known problem and can be extreme.
Unlike anxiety in most cases there can be no real cause. Really not understood well but can be debilitating.
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
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