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I have social phobia and anxiety issues of some sort...how do I get passed that?

By August 26, 2010 - 12:56pm
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I neglect my friends and have lost some because I have major issues with going out and socializing. I get nervous, my voice shakes along with my hands as well. I can't speak - its just too much. I've stopped going to church because I am afraid if I am called on, I won't be able to speak and embarrass myself and family members. I avoid social gathering at families' houses - sitting around the table with them gives me panic attacks, my immediate family not so much, but other families, yes. What do I do?? Please help.

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Hi Diamond,
Many people have various degrees of social fears and phobias, from mild to severe. In mild cases, individuals will still have the physical reactions to speaking in public (voice and hands shake, nervousness, etc) but they still will put themselves in social situations and know that the "jitters" will pass.

In more severe cases, social phobias prohibits the person from socializing in specific situations (or they avoid social situations all-together).

There is good news...this is a treatable condition!
You can view a list of treatments: EmpowHER: Social Phobia Treatments, and possible treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications.

You may also find this article helpful:
Social Activity Does Not Need to Be Painful.

Have you sought the help of a Psychologist in your area? If not, we can help you find resources, so that you can begin seeking treatment.

August 26, 2010 - 1:38pm
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