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What can be done about social anxiety?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Martha Stark
Dr. Martha Stark
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher
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