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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 been suffering from social anxiety disorder for the last 13 years. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from social anxiety disorder for the last 13 years. I was also affected by social anxiety disorder when I was 6 years old. But now, when I talk to more students or teachers, my face and ears turn red. So I am using Citanew (Escitalopram) 10 mg and Paroxetine 20 mg ta...  Read Full »


Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. First, the medication regime you are taking is wrong and harmful. Paroxetin and Escitalopram are from the same class and have the same work. Therefore, it is wrong to take two medications at the same time. I would recommend discontinuing Ci...  Read Full »

I have had a history of social anxiety since childhood, and now I am experiencing extreme facial sweating. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old married man suffering from severe social anxiety since childhood, and now I experience facial sweating, which I cannot control, and it is starting to ruin my life. I have been taking tablets Zapiz and Nexito for the past one year. In addition, I am also meditating to ov...  Read Full »


Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Anxiety can be debilitating in many ways and affects our life and daily activities. Your medications are fine, but have you considered therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is...  Read Full »

Will medications along with CBT help cure my social anxiety permanently?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20-year-old male. I have problems with physical symptoms of social anxiety (mainly sweating, trembling, cold hands, and a lump in the throat).My questions are:1. Would psychopharmacological treatments, such as SSRIs and Beta-Blockers, be effective in treating these symptoms?2. Do...  Read Full »


Dr. Anantha Kalyan D

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns regarding your health, Before answering your question, I just want to know whether the psychiatrist diagnosed you with social anxiety? Anxiety symptoms belong to a very broad spectrum in which other conditions also have anxiety symptoms. I ...  Read Full »

Why do I feel like throwing up when I eat out?

Query: Hello doctor, I am here today to finally address my problem. I am an 18 year old male, who plays football and loves to play golf. I am here today to say, and I have an eating disorder. In this case, I am assuming it is an eating disorder or some type of phobia. But anyway, my problem is eating in p...  Read Full »


Dr. Pankaj Kumar Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think it is not an eating disorder because, in the case of an eating disorder, the problem should be everywhere including your home. However, your problem of eating in public could be because of social anxiety disorder or because of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of social anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old male. I have been suffering from social anxiety. Following are the consequences that I am facing through in my daily life: I am not at all confident to talk with new persons, especially in group meetings. My heartbeat used to raise and I will forget things to be dis...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and social phobia. I can understand your concern. I have read through your history and from that, it is clearly evident that you have anxiety spectrum disorder. The symptoms like difficulty in talking with persons, increase...  Read Full »

I have been struggling with anxiety for four years. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have anxiety. It has been four years now, and I have done nothing about it. It started when I was held back a year in school and lost all my friends. I had to make new friends and was embarrassed. But I have moved on, and I still have anxiety. It gets worse when I am at school. Please...  Read Full »


Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your first query consult is on us! I will need more details to be sure, but let me give you some ideas of what the situation probably is and what you need to do about it. The anxiety you have mentioned is present all throughout the day, most of the days, or in some...  Read Full »

I am constantly worrying about little things and I am emotional most of the time. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I am constantly worrying about little things and I am emotional most of the time. I feel tired all day. Please advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and related low mood symptoms are quite common in adolescents. It is positive that you are insightful about your symptoms and seeking help. Have an open talk with your parents and trusted family members about your worries and diffic...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take Cabergoline for erectile dysfunction due to Prozac?

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 »

I cannot smile for more than 4 seconds. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 16 years old and not good. I have a smile issue. I think it started before 5 years if I am not wrong. I feel like I cannot put a smile for more than 3 to 4 seconds ,and sometimes I think it trembles. My smile is very uncomfortable and weird. This whole thing has caused me social anxi...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Smile is a complex process executed by a group of muscles and nerves. If you are having difficulty while smiling, then it could be because of psychological or organic cause. Psychological cause includes anxiety disorders, and organic cause includes nerve damage. I would ...  Read Full »

I get intimidated by others, forget words, and start stammering. Why?

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 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 »

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