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How is social anxiety disorder treated?

Treatment options for social anxiety disorders include psychotherapy and medication. Many doctors use these treatments together. The type of therapy usually used to treat social anxiety disorders is called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. Antidepressant medications are frequently used to treat social phobia, but other drugs may be used as well.
Social Anxiety Disorder can be treated with counseling and/or medications. Some of the medicines that are used to treat problems such as depression also are helpful for Social Phobia, including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medicines and beta blockers. Your health professional can determine which course of action is best for you. As with many psychological conditions, the diagnosis is made when feelings and symptoms that are normal in everyone become amplified to the extent that they affect one's daily life.
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Shoring up confidence is one goal of treating anxiety disorder. In this video, psychologist Dr. Tamar Chansky, who specializes in anxiety, discusses common treatments for helping patients go from anxious to self-assured.


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