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Social awkwardness: eye twitching and dry mouth. What can I do to stop these?

By Anonymous April 24, 2009 - 1:44pm
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I am an outgoing person generally, so don't really have a problem with "social anxiety", but there are occasions where my eye twitches or my mouth is really dry when I start talking with someone. I guess some people I find more intimidating than others? The difficult thing is, when these "symptoms" occur, it makes my awkwardness worse! How can I stop these annoyances, so I can focus on having a conversation (whether or not I find a person intimidating...I can deal with that!)

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Dear Anon, thank you for your question. It seems like you have a pretty good idea what triggers this episodes. This awareness is a very good first step at dealing with any anxiety problem. If you can anticipate the event or situation, you may want to try deep breathing exercises right before or during the event. Self talk also works and allows you to practice mindfulness and observe yourself at that moment.

Dry mouth and twitches are common symptoms of anxiety related conditions and there are ways to reduce the physiological symptoms with supplements that can help relax your muscles. Magnesium supplements and certain herbs can help. I am also very fond of Rescue Remedy, a homeopathic formula that I carry with me on my purse and use it when I need to speak in front of an audience.

April 24, 2009 - 1:44pm
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