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How can someone rise above the social anxiety and go out and socialize with the rest of the world?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Therapy / Medicine

Some individuals have a very high level of dysfunction due to social phobia - they may refuse to leave the home due to fears of being potentially approached and put in a situation in which they could be embarrassed or questioned.
Yes, exposure to the situation helps - but, if dysfunction is severe, you may want to suggest psychiatric consultation besides therapy/counseling. Medicines can help.

In brief: Therapy / Medicine

Some individuals have a very high level of dysfunction due to social phobia - they may refuse to leave the home due to fears of being potentially approached and put in a situation in which they could be embarrassed or questioned.
Yes, exposure to the situation helps - but, if dysfunction is severe, you may want to suggest psychiatric consultation besides therapy/counseling. Medicines can help.
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: Exposure

The key to any phobia is doing what you want to avoid.
For social phobia, going out, meeting and talking with people is key.

In brief: Exposure

The key to any phobia is doing what you want to avoid.
For social phobia, going out, meeting and talking with people is key.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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