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How do I treat my social anxiety disorder?

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Dr. Bob Stewart
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bob Stewart
Dr. Bob Stewart
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Dr. Vivek Prasad
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Meds and therapy

Anixety is a common problem treated by therapists and mds alike.
Commonly prescribed anxiolytics such as prozac, (fluoxetine) ativan, and talk therapy that allows self-reflection can allow a person to come to terms with ones anxiety disorder.

In brief: Meds and therapy

Anixety is a common problem treated by therapists and mds alike.
Commonly prescribed anxiolytics such as prozac, (fluoxetine) ativan, and talk therapy that allows self-reflection can allow a person to come to terms with ones anxiety disorder.
Dr. Vivek Prasad
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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Don't avoid

Social anxiety disorder (now called " social phobia") can be treated with therapy, sometimes supplemented with medication.
People with a phobia avoid the feared situation or object. While this gives immediate relief, it doesn't help the problem. Gradual exposure to the feared situation and then much practice in coping really helps. Systematic desensitization has been shown to help or cure it.

In brief: Don't avoid

Social anxiety disorder (now called " social phobia") can be treated with therapy, sometimes supplemented with medication.
People with a phobia avoid the feared situation or object. While this gives immediate relief, it doesn't help the problem. Gradual exposure to the feared situation and then much practice in coping really helps. Systematic desensitization has been shown to help or cure it.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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