Social phobia - Treatment
Phobia - social; Social anxiety disorder
The goal of treatment is to help you function effectively. The success of the treatment usually depends on the severity of the phobia.
Anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications are sometimes used to help relieve the symptoms associated with phobias. See Panic Disorder for more information about medications.
Behavioral treatment appears to have long-lasting benefits.
Lifestyle changes may help reduce how often the attacks occur.
The outcome is generally good with treatment, and antidepressant medications have been shown to be very effective.
- Alcohol use to combat anxiety
- Alcohol or other drug dependence
- Loneliness and social isolation
Calling your health care provider:
Call your health care provider or mental health professional if fear is affecting your work and relationships with others.
- Reviewed last on: 2/14/2010
- Fred K. Berger, MD, Addiction and Forensic Psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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