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I have anxiety issues in social situations. I have read some

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I have anxiety issues in social situations. I have read some stuff about SAD but don't know how to go about getting treatment. Its so bad I avoid all social situations. I want to get help but cant bring myself to do anything about it because it requires me to be in a social situation to go to the doctor.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Gina P replied 7 years ago.

Hi,

Social Anxiety Disorder can be debilitating. Unfortunately, treatment requires that you do put yourself into social situations such as going to the doctor and seeking therapy.

Medications of benzodiazepines and beta blockers can help, but the practice of going into society helps tremendously as well. A therapist helps with the later.

You may want to look at some on line type of therapy initially, although I wouldn't recommend this for a long time, because it will reinforce your ability to remain inbound. Initially talking to someone can help, and they will give you practice exercises to involve social situations, but it will ultimately be up to you if you actually do these tasks.

Schedule an appointment with a physician to get started on some medications, and then try some online therapy. Here are some links:

http://www.liveperson.com/

http://www.asktheinternettherapist.com/

http://www.onlinecounseling.org/

www.crosscreekcounseling.com

I hope you will follow through with this. You deserve a better life and to be free from your fears. Please let me know if you have further questions. Gina

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