Treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder
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If you are diagnosed with ]]>social anxiety disorder]]> , your doctor may prescribe medication to help you feel less anxious and afraid. A doctor or counselor who is trained in treating social anxiety disorder can also help you to become more comfortable in social situations. The optimal treatment for most patients includes a combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy (eg, ]]>cognitive-behavioral therapy]]> ).
Treatment involves the following:
Surgical procedures are not indicated for the treatment of social anxiety disorder.
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Social phobia (social anxiety disorder). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/social-phobia-social-anxiety-disorder.shtml . Updated October 2008. Accessed October 30, 2008.
Last reviewed July 2008 by ]]>Theodor B. Rais, MD]]>
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