Social anxiety disorder

What is Social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is characterised by an inability to socialise freely owing to the fears and inhibitions possessed by the person. He or she might be hesitant to mingle with others fearing humiliation or an embarrassment.

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hi i am in my late 20s, suffering from social anxiety disorder, my heart starts pounding heart in interview and on stage (Public Speaking) ; i lose control over my words.. due to heart pounding. Heard about Beta blockers, but not sure which one to take.

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You can take beta blocker like propranolol. That would help to control somatic symptoms like increase heart beat, tingling sensation or tremor. With beta blocker, you can also try some antidepressant like paroxetine and benzodiazepine. That would help to...

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I've developed a crippling social anxiety disorder and cannot find a doctor who can prescribe me with anything effective. I've had success with amphetamines (personal experimentation) and had all socially anxious symptoms disappear. My doctor does not agree with prescribing amphetamines for my social anxiety, even though I know they help. I'm so down right now that I have already made the decision I'll get them on my own. My question is, if I take them at a low dose, will I develop tolerance?

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You have social anxiety disorder and are self medicating yourself with amphetamines. Amphetamines can increase wakefulness, alertness, concentration, motivation but they are not approved drugs for social anxiety disorder. These drugs can falsely improve symptoms...

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Hello,
I am suffering a very serious issue from last 6 to 10 month.My concern is that i have joined a MBA college and my background was science after the gap of two years and in the class room i am physically present but my mind is not working the way i expect what ever the faculty taught in the class i couldn't able to understand anything .After that whenever i try to study in the my room hostel i study but can't remember anything my mind always get diverted whenever i try to study somethings.
I am very afraid to speak in the class whenever i asked by faculty memeber my heart beat goes up when ever i have a presentation which have to present in front of the class my heart bit started beating my voice get chocked i cant able to frame a sentence correctly i always thing what other people will think about myself having said this my spoken english communication is also very weak i rarely interact within the class due to this and also less preparation and bad communication skill. I wanted to study more and more but i cant able to do this. everyone in my class is better than me i am supposed to be the weakest student of our class also i am a very shy kind of guy.
I am trying to study and i did but cant remember my mind tend to go somewhere else.
I completely loose confidence in myself i am really a bad student and a bad human beings none like me which is why i don't have many friends and also i usually not speak much with others because i am a bad communicators. I have to have so many weakness as compared to my others class mates.My memory power is also getting weaker and weaker i can't remember things easily study related things

So doctor please please help me out i am requesting you to please help me out

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
These symptoms are occurring due to social anxiety disorder.

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking from HCM for your health related queries

I can understand your concern XXXXXXX The symptoms you have mentioned suggest some anxiety disorder more specifically social anxiety...

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Hello,
I am suffering a very serious issue from last 6 to8 month.My concern is that i have joined a MBA college and my background was science after the gap of two years and in the class room i am physically present but my mind is not working the way i expect what ever the faculty taught in the class i couldn't able to understand anything .After that whenever i try to study in the my room hostel i study but can't remember anything my mind always get diverted whenever i try to study somethings.
I am very afraid to speak in the class whenever i asked by faculty memeber my heart beat goes up when ever i have a presentation which have to present in front of the class my heart bit started beating my voice get chocked i cant able to frame a sentence correctly i always thing what other people will think about myself having said this my spoken english communication is also very weak i rarely interact within the class due to this and also less preparation and bad communication skill. I wanted to study more and more but i cant able to do this. everyone in my class is better than me i am supposed to be the weakest student of our class also i am a very shy kind of guy.
I am trying to study and i did but cant remember my mind tend to go somewhere else.
I completely loose confidence in myself i am really a bad student and a bad human beings noone like me which is why i dont have many friends and also i usually not speak much withothers beause i am a bad communicators. I have to have so many weakness as compared to my others class mates.
Sometimes i am thinking to commit a suicide as i am a complete failure person in my opinion i don't have a single good quality why should i live such a hell after all i don't have anything .
So doctor please please help me out i am requesting you to please help me out i know this is very boring and irritating and disgusting question u have ever heard and you think this guy is a complete failure who doesn't suppose to have a future but sir/madam if you will give me some suggestion i will remain graet ful to you.So please dont mind for my question.

Thank You

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Don't feel inferior these symptoms of social anxiety can be treated

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking from HCM for your health related queries

I can understand your concern. First of all I want to tell you that there is nothing irritating or boring in your question. The...

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Hi,
I fear a lot, always nervous, mind is full of anxious thoughts and these conditions exaggerates when i have to speak in front of people, meeting new people, going to new places, taking new responsibilities in job etc. This has caused my confidence to drop to a very low level and has made me a shy personality.I figured it out from some research on net that it is Social anxiety disorder. I am 27 and since childhood i have the above symptoms. One more thing i would like to say is that during my very early years i started masturbating and that too in high frequency. Also i lack facial hair at this age too. Is this due to over production of adrenaline which rushes my hear beat and cause me to panic in any situation. Please help. my life has become hell. I like to live alone and feel very isolated.
My details
Age 26
Height 6 feet
Weight 79 kg
No major problem throughout my life. But permanent headache is there and some issues of sinus

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Hello,

Thanks for your query.

I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

Important aspects of your query are:

•     26 year old male
•     Known case of social anxiety disorder : self assessment
•     Complaints of: anxiety in new places and in presence of other person, excessive...

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Hi, I m shaik - 28 yrs old, working for a IT co., from past 2 year i m facing with somekind of anxeity and nervousness problem, Symptoms: suddenly i will get full swet ( eventhough i m in AC) my heart beat - increases more faster - i can t speak in this situation. mostly this occurs - whenever some one questions me, in meetings, in seminars - when ever i m talking with new peoples., ( but some times I can handle without any of these issues). Please suggest me how can I overcome with this.

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The problem you are having sweating, palpitations weakness etc is anxiety. This is happening in public meeting, in meeting with new people, in presenting seminars, in replying to questions etc. This is nothing but Social Anxiety Disorder. It is a common disorder...

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I am having social anxiety disorder problem from last 3-4 years.
I feel very much nervousness and my herat start ponding and voice started tumbling during any meeting.
When i heard name of presentation a sensation go around my body.
Wat should i do. As i tried to calmdown but could not succeed.
Should i take phsycretic help and start medication. If yes please suggest good doctor in XXXXXXX who can be visited on sunday.
But i m worried also i hv heared ones u start medication it is for life time.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Social anxiety disorder needs proper evaluation and treatment.

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking from HCM for your health related queries

I can understand your concern. Yes the symptoms you are having like pounding heart while in meeting or during presentation suggest social...

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Hello, I hope you can help me today. First of all, allow me to provide you with some background information. I have suffered from severe social anxiety disorder and depression for approximately 10 years. I first saw a doctor for treatment for my social anxiety approximately 3 years ago. And I currently am now seeing a psychiatrist. The drugs that I have tried so far (that I can remember) include: Escitalopram, Sertraline, Citalopram, Propranolol (a low dose), Venlafaxine and Mirtazapine. None of these had any effect on my social anxiety or depression at all! Lately, I have been seeing a psychiatrist, and I have been taking Nardil. (I specificially asked the psychiatrist if I could have Nardil as I had read extensively on the internet how Nardil was the “gold standard” for social anxiety disorder. And I also hoped it would help my depression.) I currently am in my second week of taking 105mg Nardil daily, and so far have not felt any benefit from it (for my social anxiety or my depression). As I hope you can understand, I feel very annoyed that I cannot find a drug that seems to help me with my social anxiety or depression. If I had my way (and I have asked my doctor and psychiatrist for this), I would be taking a benzodiazepine. Benzos seem to be the only drugs that are guaranteed to provide a person with social anxiety disorder with any relief. From what I remember, my doctor and psychiatrist did not want to prescribe me with a benzo due to the fact they can be addictive and you build tolerance to them. Due to the fact that I am not a expert in pharmacology, I don’t know what to say to them in return, but I am sure that there must be ways around tolerance and addicitiveness! Unless I am wrong and everybody in the World that takes a benzo for anxiety is addicted and has built up a high tolerance (which I doubt!). Am I not correct in saying that it IS possible to take a benzo without you building up tolerance and becoming addicted? (For example, can’t you cycle a benzo with a different drug to prevent tolerance, and if you only take a benzo pill once per week, you won’t build tolerance - right?) At the moment, it looks as if Nardil isn’t going to help me (and it will prove to be yet another drug that hasn’t helped me). Should I bother to continue taking Nardil for a few more weeks and possibly increase the dose to the maximum of 120mg when I haven’t noticed any benefit from it so far? In other words, if I haven’t experienced any benefit from it by now, am I wasting my time sticking with it and increasing the dose to the maximum? I have been looking on the internet lately for other drugs that I could take that are supposed to be effective for social anxiety and depression. I want to find the most effective social anxiety and depression drugs available for myself and then specifically ask my doctor/psychiatrist for them because I do not have any faith in the competance of my doctor or psychiatrist. I believe that if I allowed them to decide what drugs I should take, I would never get cured from my mental problems! So, having looked on the internet, I notice there a lot of different drugs available for my mental problems, including: Parnate, Clonidine, Inderal, Adderall, Lyrica, Wellbutrin, Vyvanse, Symbyax, Serzone and TCA’s. Are you familiar with any of these drugs, and would you recommend any of them for social anxiety or depression? And aside from these drugs, please tell me what drugs you would recommend that I take to get rid of my social anxiety and depression? Apologies for writing so much. Thank you in advance.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Hi

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

Important aspects of your query are:
•     24 year old male
•     Known case of social anxiety and depression.
•     Poor response history with: Escitalopram, Sertraline,...

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My grandson is 25 and is suffering from social anxiety. It is affecting him being able to find a decent job.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
it is treatable condition

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us. I can understand your concern for you grandson.

Social anxiety disorder is common in young age. it is absolutely treatable condition.

Specific treatment of Social anxiety disorder includes both medicines and...

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