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How do you overcome social anxiety?

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The most common treatments for social anxiety disorder are anti-anxiety medications and psychotherapy, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. CalmClinic states that there are non-medicinal treatments for social anxiety, such as having good friends, recognizing and changing anxious thought processes, desensitization to fears and positive distractions. The Mayo Clinic suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy is the most frequently used therapy in the treatment of social anxiety disorder.

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Social anxiety disorder is a type of psychiatric disorder known as an anxiety disorder. It causes individuals to develop psychological and physiological anxiety symptoms in social situations, states the National Institute of Mental Health. Physiological symptoms of social anxiety include sweating, blushing, trembling and feeling nauseous. Psychological symptoms include feeling embarrassment, self-consciousness and being anxious for days preceding a social situation. Abnormal behaviors such as frequently trying to avoid social situations are also common.

The Mayo Clinic states that there are a variety of drugs used to treat social anxiety. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are the most often prescribed anti-anxiety medications for social anxiety disorder, notes the Mayo Clinic. Benzodiazepines or less common antidepressants are also prescribed for social anxiety. Beta blockers are another medication used for anxiety; this medication works by inhibiting the effects of adrenaline on the body.

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