Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by extreme fear or anxiety to socialize, including fear of talking with people, meeting new people, and attending social gatherings. It is persistent and affects one's work, schooling, and relationships outside the family. Past negative experiences, family history, or serotonin imbalance can result in social anxiety disorder. Cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, exposure therapy, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding caffeine help in its treatment.

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I have social anxiety and depression. Will I benefit from a therapy dog?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16 year old. I have social anxiety and depression. I find it hard to talk to people, especially in public. I also have a problem with talking about my feelings face to face, making the idea of a therapist very nerve-wrecking. I am not sure if I would talk. I would probably just ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A therapy dog can help in relieving anxiety. But, since your anxiety is related to social situations, I do not think that a therapy dog will relieve your social anxiety. The anxiety will go away with exposure or by systematic desensitization. You have to take the fir...  Read Full »

I feel shy and anxious when talking to people and in other public places. Please suggest some medications for the same.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old and have had anxiety and shyness for the last seven years. I am afraid of talking to a group of people and in other public places. I feel shy in talking to girls. I do not know why I get emotional every time. Can you please suggest some medications for the same?  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. You might have a social anxiety disorder, and non-pharmacological treatment options are available. I suggest you do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes and go out for a walk. If possible, join the gym or go swimming as it will help bo...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of social phobia and performance anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 17 years old female. I have persistent depression and social anxiety disorder. I have not ever taken medication for this issue. My social anxiety usually springs me into full-blown panic attacks like shaking, feeling unsteady, trouble catching breathes, extreme twitchiness and my th...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of social phobia and performance anxiety. Do not worry as there are lots of good medicines which will help you to perform without anxiety. Medicines like Beta blockers like Propranolol will help to reduce your anxiety symptoms. You can also ...  Read Full »

I feel like I do not have my own identity and always depend on others' opinions. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I feel like I do not have my own identity. I always depend on other's opinions. Whomever I am with, I often imitate their personality, expressions, and the way they talk. I noticed this by myself over the last few weeks. I realized that I am a boring person because I always wait for the...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it seems that you might be harboring traits of an anxious avoidant personality. People with these traits have difficulty in socializing, making friends, and expressing themselves. They always seek others to start a conversation with them. They he...  Read Full »

Will social anxiety cause fear and palpitation around people at the workplace?

Query: Hi doctor, I have extreme anxiety and depression. Anxiety is related to the workplace. I find it hard to go to work and have palpitations, sweating, chest tightness, and tremors while around a certain individual at the workplace. I have had anxiety and panic attacks ever since I can remember. I hav...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your problem. A lot of individuals have anxiety, but fortunately, this can be treated with medicines and psychological methods. You have mentioned that you have anxiety at the workplace. You have a feeling of uneasiness when you are around people who ...  Read Full »

How to treat a patient having a social anxiety disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I am doing my post graduation in psychiatry, and I would like to clear my doubts about social anxiety¬†disorder. I wanted to know about the most challenging and important things while dealing with someone with social anxiety disorder. From your experience, can you please tell me the bi...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Social anxiety disorder is one of the anxiety spectrum disorders. Here, persistent anxiety in social situations like talking with a person or a group of people, in group presentations, in talking with the opposite sex, etc., are found. Avoiding social gathering and s...  Read Full »

How to treat drug-induced erectile dysfunction?

Query: Hi doctor, I take Prozac 40 mg for a long time as a constant treatment by the specialist for GAD and SAD (chronic case). My weight is 93 kg, and my height is 175 cm. I take Crestor 2.5 mg daily. I do not have any other problems or illnesses. I am doing nearly well on Prozac, comparable with other S...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Chanchal Azad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am happy to give you a second opinion on your problem. I can see the dilemma regarding your GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) treatment and erectile dysfunction (ED). I like to summarize your problems. You have, 1) Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). 2) Soc...  Read Full »

Why do I get so intimidated by others?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38-year-old male. I am married and I have a child. I have difficulty in sleeping at night. But I always feel sleepy. I forget things easily. I have low concentration and I am lethargic. I have confusion to take a decision. I have low self-esteem with low confidence. I feel like ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are typically seen in major depressive disorder. It is common to have it in 1 in 4 males and 1 in 8 females. It occurs due to reduced levels of certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin in the body. It reduces the stress-handling capacity of the brai...  Read Full »

How to overcome social anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I searched the symptoms of social anxiety online, and I think I have it. I am a student, and it has been affecting my daily life, especially my school life. I struggle to have new friends and do tasks that require social interaction, like class presentations. I tried changing my behavior...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. This is very common, and about 10 to 15 percent of people have this problem. It is also very easily treatable. You will need to visit a psychiatrist, and he will prescribe you SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) type of medicines ...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best medicine for my psychological disorders.

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to know some treatment recommendations for my condition. I have bipolar disorder type II, social and generalized disorder, and panic disorder. I am having depression for a year. My hypomania is very mild and short-lived. I am afraid to get out of my home due to my constant anx...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding your anxiety symptoms, you have tried taking SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and SNRI (serotonin-norephedrine reuptake inhibitor) class of medications. I suggest you try taking TCA (tricyclic antidepressants) class of antidepressants like Ami...  Read Full »

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