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How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose social phobia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Since the social phobia diagnosis is made primarily on the basis of your symptoms, you should be prepared to list the symptoms you are having at your appointment. Try to pinpoint when these problems started, so you'll know how long you've had them. You'll also want to note any major life events you've experienced recently, as well as any history of physical or emotional illness. You should let your doctor know if you are taking any medications or supplements. It can help to jot these things down (along with any questions you may have) beforehand so that you don't forget anything during your appointment, especially if going to the doctor is one of the things that makes you anxious.

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