Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

It can... Depending on the child that you are treating. No child is the same and should not be treated that way. With social anxiety disorder, it may be useful to take an eclectic approach using play therapy, social skills training, and relaxation training in working with this diagnosis that requires skill building.
It may. The best approach to any problem in medicine (and psychology) is to ask, "what treatment will work best for this patient?" social anxiety may be approached in many different ways and some better match certain children. That said, psychodynamic play therapies with children, especially child psychoanalysis, can be very powerful and effective indeed-with the right child and with a skilled practitione.
Yes. Ideal treatment of anxiety disorders including social phobia would be the combination of pharmaco- and psychotherapy. Medications for anxiety are effective in abating anxiety symptoms but not necessarily in psychosocial functioning. Individual psychotherapeutic intervention, e.g., cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, has been proven effective.
Yes. Child analysis is indeed alive and well. Speaking as a psychoanalyst, I attend conferences where groups of child analysts gather regularly to discuss ideas and cases, of which social anxiety is a frequent component.

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Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Yes, hard to prove. It is certainly the aim of these psychotherapies to change fundamental personality traits (for the better of course). Countless case reports attest to success in doing so. But strong scientific proof would require careful, repeated personality assessment for large numbers of patients over many years — "permanently" is a long time — something that is very hard and expensive to study. Read more...
Yes. Undesirable or problematic aspects of one's personality can be changed with many types of therapy, including psychodynamic, where--as intrapsychic conflicts and resulting defense mechanisms are uncovered--increased self awareness can improve relations with self (ie self esteem) and others. Read more...
No, but... Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies understand the basic structure of the personality to be based on inherited factors and then shaped in childhood. However, there are more or less adaptive and satisfying ways that personality can be expressed. These therapies aim at maximizing this kind of adaptation. Read more...
Some research. On this question of the effect of psychotherapy: http://ajp.Psychiatryonline.Org/article.Aspx?Articleid=1688271 both cbt and psychodynamic therapy (and psychoanalysis) can help patients depending on the goals of the patient. Read more...
Impact. I am a psychoanalyst, and I believe psychoanalysis can have a major impact on a patient's personality and change it to a certain extent, but not to the point of totally transmogrifying them into someone unrecognizable by those near and dear to them. Effects of psychoanalysis are typically very long lasting and positive. Read more...
Analytic therapy. Analytic dynamic therapy is directed to the resolution of inter psychic and intrapsychic conflict, such as between desires or wishes and fear. Personality is much broader and involving non conflictual elements. Read more...

What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

Social anxiety. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this. All are based on a series of accounts. To be FDA approved for treatment of social anxiety disorder there is a fairly rigorous process a drug manufacturer has to go through. As it turns out several agents that did not apply for FDA indication work well in some individuals. I suggest you team up with somebody who will closely advise you personally over time. Read more...
Effexor (venlafaxine) For some anxious folks, Effexor (venlafaxine) has indeed helped. Review with your doctor. Other options are Celexa, Lexapro, Zoloft & Prozac. Read more...

Which type of natural medication works for social anxiety disorder?

Nothing. Please forgive my frankness. Social anxiety disorder is highly treatable in almost all cases by talking and wise guidance. You owe it to yourself and others to re-learn social skills that may have been twisted in a confusing early envrionment. You can learn to be brave & to behave effectively, to like and to be liked by others. Choose a guide wisely. You must be brave -- no pill can supply thay. Read more...
Classical Homeopathy. Working with a classical homeopath can be a very effective -- and natural -- way of dealing with social anxiety. It also works very well with talk therapies directed specifically at the anxiety. To be effective, the homeopath must understand exactly what you're experiencing and how it affects you at all levels. Your body expresses the same issues your emotions do; a trained homeopath can help. Read more...

How do you tell between a mild or serious case of social-anxiety disorder?

Functioning. Severity is often a function of subjective distress (how much it is distressing or bothersome), how many situations or circumstances it impacts, and how much disruption or interferences it causes. For more on social anxiety disorder see: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/socialanxietydisorderwhatis.Asp. Read more...

I suffer with social anxiety disorder and am very afraid seeking help, what do I do?

Face your fears. I don't know anyone who initially feels comfortable with the idea of having a mental health condition or with seeing a mental health provider. If you want to move past this - you need to move through it first. Seek help from a psychiatrist ;/or psychologist. Good luck. Read more...

What is a good medication for severe social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Monitoring is key. Probably the best are the ones that are prescribed and monitored by a physician. These medications that are the best in some cases can be the worst if they are taken incorrectly. There are pro's and con's to all of them. If you are considering anxiety medication your doctor will take into account your personal history and needs and try to find the one that is best for you. Read more...

Is there a difference between social anxiety disorder and selective mutism?

Yes. Selective mutism is typically a facet of an anxiety disorder (social phobia). Other manifestations associated with selective mutism include excessive shyness, dependency on parents, withdrawal, and oppositional behavior. Read more...
Social Anxiety. Yes, there are many differences. Selective mutism is most often seen in children, while social anxiety disorder is typically seen from adolescence through adulthood. Social anxiety is related to fear (and sometimes avoidance) of interpersonal interaction in social situations, while selective mutism is a refusal or unwillingness to speak in some or most situations. Read more...
Too scared to talk. Social anxiety involves a fear of being judged negatively by others or being seen as inferior 2 them in some way. This leads 2 dreading social situations & social interactions, & thus 2 avoiding them. Selective mutism is tied 2 social anxiety: At times, people w/social anxiety find themselves so fearful in social situations that it's difficult 2 speak. Some simply don't speak in these situ. Read more...

What can I do if my boyfriend has borderline personality and social anxiety disorder, what do I do?

Talk,Reflect Togethr. Life is messy & all relationships come w/ challenges. I wonder what it will take for the two of you to create the kind of relationship you each long to have... Presumably one in which you both feel prized and deeply understood. I wonder what obstacles you see as standing in your way of enjoying that kind of life together & what you are each prepared to do to overcome them. Read more...

How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

The major difference. Is that with social anxiety disorder, the person is uncomfortable with the fact that they have difficulty in social situations and want the overcome the disorder. Someone with an avoidant personality disorder does not want to change or be around people. They are happy being a hermit. Read more...