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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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 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 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 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 »

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

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 »

Is Pregabalin the right medicine for social and performance anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. Medications: Started Lyrica (Pregabalin) yesterday 25 mg (moving to 50 mg tomorrow). Issues: Generalized anxiety (Social and Performance anxiety). Query: Did my general physician prescribe the right medicines? I mainly suffer from social and performance anxiet...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, Pregabalin is a SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) class of medicine. You have tried SSRI and TCAs (tricyclic antidepressants). SNRIs do help with anxiety disorders. Pregabalin is not the best SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)...  Read Full »

Why do I get nervous and start to sweat after meeting new people?

Query: Hi doctor, While talking to people like in the office, with my boss or a new person I am getting nervous and start sweating. How to stop that nervousness and sweating? Because of this fear, I am avoiding official meetings and personally meet with people around me as well.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the available description, it appears that you are suffering with social phobia. This is a kind of anxiety disorder where the person feels difficult to engage in many of social activities and fears that he is judged by others. With regard to treatment, I like to assu...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to express my feelings and thoughts to others?

Query: Hello doctor, I cannot speak about what is going in my mind. It is hard to express my feelings. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sonia Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly elaborate your problem stating details like when did this issue start? What are the triggers and relieving factors? What efforts have you tried to stop this issue? This will help in understanding your problem and explaining the solution.  Read Full »

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