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How do deal with social anxiety?

A: this happened to me when i spent too much time on the internet. as soon as i gave my computer away, it went away, and the following 3 years were the best of my life. now i got a computer a week ago and already have this problem myself. Thanks for the response. I''m pretty confident my computer has nothing to do with it though – my main use for it is an online course and making plans with friends via facebook. It''s more than that. It''s a sense of panic that comes over me when I think I''m going to have to be in a crowded space. A couple of days of solitude is not a crisis, it also is not anxiety. When you say lately, how many weeks or months? Usually doctors diagnose depression after the symptoms have been the same or worse for around six months. Having...


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How common is social anxiety disorder?

A: social anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder and the third most common mental disorder in the United States, after depression and alcohol dependence. It is estimated that anywhere from 3 percent to 13 percent of the population suffers from social anxiety disorder. In any year, at least 5.3 million Americans have social anxiety disorder. The disorder most often surfaces in adolescence or early adulthood, but can occur at any time, including early childhood. It is more common in women than in men....
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How to get rid of social anxiety Disorder

A: It is ironic, and very inconvenient, that social anxiety disorder makes it hard to reach out to other people for health. But that is the life saving answer you are seeking. social anxiety disorder is treatable with therapy and with medication and you can achieve tremendous improvement, often with the combination of both. Below is a website which describes in great detail SAD. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/social-anxiety-disorder/DS00595 You seem to have diagnosed this in yourself, because it made sense to you when you read more about it, but meeting with a professional psychotherapist or psychiatrist is important to clarify the diagnosis....


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Is there any medicine for removing social anxiety?

A: I dont think so u should ask your doctor if your suffering from plain anxiety. I started 2 take medicine 4 this when I was 6 and i become more social paxil? no Yes there are medicines that can help you with this kind of problem. You can also join in some support groups too. Interaction with kind and supportive people who are going through similar issue as you can work wonders for your social confidence. Contact a counsellor to send you in the wright direction for meds, and below i have listed a site with many support groups associated with social anxiety. I wish you well. Lots of people who have never had any bad anxieties will say things like "just hitch up...
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social anxiety/depression

A: You have to ''DO'' something for yourself. Start by being physically active. Speed walking, cycling....throw yourself into it. You will start to feel better immediately. I would recommend going to a 12 Step Program to learn how to be with people. Good Luck! Do the psychiatrist and therapist know you are feeling suicidal? If not, why not? Are you as upfront with them as you are here? Do your meds need looking at for dosage adjustment or even for different meds to be prescribed? The same med doesn''t work for all time for the same person. If the psychiatrist hasn''t asked how well the meds are working, it is your responsibility to tell him/her. For the social anxiety, there are cognitive-behaviorial techniques your therapist should be...


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What is a good medication for social anxiety that won''t make me sleepy or dizzy?

A: There are different types of medications that may be used to treat social anxiety disorder, including antidepressants called SSRIs (medications like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, or Lexapro), SNRIs like Cymbalta or Wellbutrin, or other antidepressants. If SSRIs or SNRIs do not help, benzodiazepines are sometimes used, and are sometimes used in conjunction with an SSRI or SNRI. Some benzodiazepines are Xanax, Klonopin, or Ativan. However, some people can become dependent or addicted to this type of medication. Benzodiazepines are the medications that can make you dizzy or drowsy. Other antidepressants and some anti-seizure drugs may be used. MAOIs, such as Nardil, Parnate, and Marplan, are only used when the other drugs do not work....


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Zoloft or Paxil for social anxiety Disorder

A: Amber I do not think that experts would say that one of these two medicines is superior to the other, as a therapy for social anxiety.    They both are very safe and they basically work the same way in your nervous system to help anxiety and depression symptoms. Because they are slightly different chemically it is possible for one patient to react more favorably to one of them than the other.  I do not think that there is research suggesting long-term dangers, but the best way to overcome social anxiety is to employ an effective medication in combination with a results-oriented psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy, whose aim it is...


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shyness vs social anxiety

A: Dear Dante, Good question. The answer is yes, there is a difference. However, only the person experiencing it can tell because it is subjective. Being shy is not a formal diagnosis, it is more descriptive of one"s basic personality on the introvert/extrovert scale. social anxiety, as a diagnosis, describes a level of fear that causes a marked distubance in relational, occupational, or other type of functioning. Therefore, if shyness is causing a big problem in someone"s life and they avoid social situations because of the shyness, then it can be called social anxiety. I tend to think that what we call something it"s not that important compared how it affects...


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For those of you with social anxiety, how do you approach meeting new people?

A: Well, when I used to drink, I would always have a belt before going to a party or gathering. Nowadays, I just take a deep breath and plunge in. My husband has gotten over this by telling himself he has to. He changed his head-script as best he could on his own without his therapist, by understanding that most people feel better about him if he acts friendly. He''s learned to smile, say hi, and either compliment them or bring up the weather. I remind myself that when people get to know me, they generally really like me. It''s just a matter of allowing myself the opportunity for people to get to know me. People usually start talking to me first…i guess there is something about having hot pink hair makes people feel like they should talk to you. With dread. I have yet to come up with...


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What is the outlook for people with social anxiety disorder?

A: The outcome is generally good with treatment. Many people recover and enjoy more productive lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 80 percent of people with social anxiety disorder will get relief of symptoms from medication, CBT or both. Unfortunately, many people with social anxiety disorder fail to seek treatment....
 
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