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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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How can severe social anxiety be treated?

Hi dr i need a help plez I cant even explain what im gonna say for ya but i feel like i need a help im so shy so tired of my fears i cant move on one step without being hesitate i tried to build up my self confidence but it was useless i still shy afraid im 27 yrs old and i cant get into a relationship i cant do my exams i feel so shy even if i greeting ppl Im stuck in my own body i cant do anything i left my school this year bc i was so afraid of exams What i can do dr.
Wed, 17 May 2017
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Thanks for posting yor query on HCM
I have read and understood your cocncern.Sorry to hear you are suffering from social anxiety disorder.
I will advise you see a Psychiatrist for evaluation, treatment and follow-up.After evaluation, your Psychiatrist may judge the treatment option best adapted for your condition.Treatment options may include:
-Drugs like anti-depressants
-Cognitive-behavioral therapy
-Dietary and lifestyle changes
-Relaxation therapy
Regular follow-up on treatment will be very important.
Hope this will help.You may wrtie back if more concerns
Wish you good health

Dr Mbuomboh
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