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What is the best method for treating a 13-year old with social

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What is the best method for treating a 13-year old with social anxiety disorder?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.

My own style of practice tends to be conservative, so medications may be an option...but I initially recommend other treatments, esp. for a 13 year old.


Most studies on severe social anxiety would show the best results with a combination of medications and psychotherapy.


On the one hand, I understand what the therapist said...but the therapy still needs to work to treat and alleviate the social anxiety. Keep in mind, psychotherapy takes time (I recommend weekly for 6-12 months a minimum trial).


I also recommend learning some formal relaxation therapy (yoga, tai chi, meditation,etc). All these treatments are proven by studies using sophisticated brain scans to calm down the brain.


I would definitely get her some good self help books like this one: The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear by Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson


Let me know if you need more details. Good luck.

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