If you are diagnosed with
social anxiety disorder
, your doctor may prescribe medication to help you feel less anxious and afraid. A doctor or counselor who is trained in treating social anxiety disorder can also help you to become more comfortable in social situations. The optimal treatment for most patients includes a combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy (such as,
Treatment involves the following:MedicationsOther treatments—therapy
Surgical procedures are not indicated for the treatment of social anxiety disorder.
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Updated October 2008. Accessed October 30, 2008.