Q. I worry that social anxiety will be a hindrance to achieving my dreams. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Parth Nagda
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 29, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 10, 2020

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, tried making new friends, talk to people but it only ended up in vain. I thought that if I can't change myself now, what about the future? I worry that social anxiety will be a hindrance of achieving my dreams. If I'm not going to be successful in life, I might as well end this now to not be a burden to the people around me. But I hope that that's not the only solution, doc. Please help me.

Dr. Parth Nagda


Hello. Thank you for your query This is very common and about 10-15 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 type of medicines (such as escitalopram 10mg, or fluoxetine 20mg etc.) which will help with your problem. It basically happens when some neurotransmitters such as serotonin reduce in your brain leading to a problem with handling the day to day stresses of life. Medicines are usually given for 2-4 months and then tapered off slowly and stopped. In addition to the medicines, you can also undergo a few sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy from a clinical psychologist. Also do consider doing deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation daily.

Treatment plan:

T. Escitalopram 10mg once at night for 30 days

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