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Social Anxiety Disorder

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by Randall B

(Social Phobia)



Treatments may include:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Help you change your negative thought patterns and behaviors
  • Teach you techniques to help you control anxiety symptoms (eg, deep breathing, visualization, meditation )
  • Suggest changes to your social environment to minimize stress
  • Gradually expose you to feared situations in a controlled environment
A support group may also be part of your treatment.


Your doctor may recommend:
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or other antidepressants—to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Beta-blockers—to stop the physical symptoms of panic and anxiety (has been used to relieve the performance anxiety that often occurs with social anxiety disorder)
Your doctor may try using other medicines to help control your symptoms. Examples include:
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anticonvulsants


Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association



Canadian Psychiatric Association

Canadian Psychological Association



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National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: . Accessed October 12, 2005.

National Mental Health Association website. Available at: . Accessed October 12, 2005.

Social anxiety disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated October 29, 2013. Accessed November 26, 2013


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