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I am very shy and anxious around people-. What is the most effective medicine for social anxiety?
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Meds can help BUT...
... How about behavioral options? Anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl.
A video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl 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 & anxiety expert can be big help!

In brief: Meds can help BUT...
... How about behavioral options? Anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl.
A video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl 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 & anxiety expert can be big help!
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Mindfulness
Reading on mindfulness will help you deal with anxiety and stress without medication.

In brief: Mindfulness
Reading on mindfulness will help you deal with anxiety and stress without medication.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Varies individually
Start with counseling .
Significant social anxiety can be dealt with by using a process called desensitization . Non addictive medications if needed after counseling has been tried ( buspirone, Hydroxyzine , Propranolol and atenolol) should be the next step. Most used are bezodiazepines like valium, xanax, (alprazolam) Ativan and Klonopin but are addictive. Best long term are serotonergic antidepressants.

In brief: Varies individually
Start with counseling .
Significant social anxiety can be dealt with by using a process called desensitization . Non addictive medications if needed after counseling has been tried ( buspirone, Hydroxyzine , Propranolol and atenolol) should be the next step. Most used are bezodiazepines like valium, xanax, (alprazolam) Ativan and Klonopin but are addictive. Best long term are serotonergic antidepressants.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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