Wallflower. You can try cognitive behavioral therapy with a psychologist with or without medication such as an ssri like prozac, lexapro, etc. Low dose benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam) or Klonopin prior to a social event but do not mix with alchohol! The main thing is to try not to avoid social events and keep trying!
Exposure, Gradual. Most effective therapy =systematic desensitization. Involves facing/exposing yourself 2 feared object/situation but gradually, in progressive steps- from a situation assoc w/ mild level of soc anxiety 4 u, up 2 one assoc w/ extreme level. At each step u experience fear but u "stay w/ it" until level drops/u feel relaxed. Work w/ behavioral/cognitive-behavioral specialist esp. Clinical psychologist.
It depends. Social anxiety is relatively common in adolescents and usually is not crippling and, beyond doing what you can to gain confidence is not worth treating. If it is severe and causing serious problems there are two complementary approaches: 1) a beta-blocker will decrease the response to the anxiety (so no one else knows), and 2) psychotherapy will help you find out what is causing the anxiety.
Prozac (fluoxetine) Prozac (fluoxetine) -- an ssri (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) antidepressant -- increases the levels of serotonin in the brain. Many of my patients have found that it takes the edge off of their social anxiety. Another particularly effective (and natural) treatment is holy basil (an herbal remedy that can be taken either daily or on an as-needed basis). Good luck!
Behavioral Options. See this page of the Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational and self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing and even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow. Ly/EXlKf Effective treatment for social anxiety involves 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!