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Do You Have Social Phobia?

Other Therapies for Social Phobia

Other therapies have also been tried for treating social phobia. They include:

Relaxation Therapy. With this therapeutic approach, you learn techniques for relaxing like doing breathing exercises and meditation. Although relaxation therapy may help with some specific social phobias, it is not considered effective treatment for general social phobia.

Beta-blockers. These medications are used to treat high blood pressure or other heart problems. Yet beta-blockers are also effective for treating some people with a specific type of social phobia called "performance social anxiety." This is when you are afraid of performing, like giving a public speech. Beta-blockers are not effective for treating general social phobia. But they may help if fear of a specific circumstance, occurring at a specific, predictable time -- like giving a speech to a class -- is your problem.

When Should I Talk to My Doctor About Social Phobia?

First, it's important to know that you are not abnormal if you have social phobia. Many people suffer with social phobia, and it is treatable. If you have unusually high anxiety and fear about social situations, talk openly with your doctor about treatment. If left untreated, social phobia may lead to depression, drug or alcohol problems, school or work problems, and a poor quality of life.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 08, 2014
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