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How do you treat social anxiety disorder?

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Dr. Alison Segal
General Practice
8 doctors agree

In brief: CBT

Cognitive behavior therapy (cbt) can help people who avoid social situations.
Contact a cbt therapist who specializes in social anxiety issues. He or she will work with you on addressing the unhealthy thoughts linked to social avoidance or unhealthy behaviors in uncomfortable social situations.

In brief: CBT

Cognitive behavior therapy (cbt) can help people who avoid social situations.
Contact a cbt therapist who specializes in social anxiety issues. He or she will work with you on addressing the unhealthy thoughts linked to social avoidance or unhealthy behaviors in uncomfortable social situations.
Dr. Alison Segal
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Social anxiety

Behavior modification techniques such as gradual exposure with response prevention, imagery, relaxation, meditation/yoga, etc.
Medications may be used for backup & to relieve symptoms. Therapist experienced with cognitive behavior therapy can be of help.

In brief: Social anxiety

Behavior modification techniques such as gradual exposure with response prevention, imagery, relaxation, meditation/yoga, etc.
Medications may be used for backup & to relieve symptoms. Therapist experienced with cognitive behavior therapy can be of help.
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Dr. Traci Seidman
Cognitive Behavior Therapy or Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy approaches are helpful in addition to the more traditional desensitization techniques involving gradual exposure. I use hypnosis, as well. And, of course, teaching relaxation and meditation.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Graded exposure

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: Graded exposure

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.
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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