Monday, February 25, 2008

Medications For Social Anxiety

A fairly `new' anxiety, Social Anxiety disorder was overlooked
for quite a long while by the medical community as it was often
confused with shyness. That being said, the drug companies
haven't been backward and there are as many Social Anxiety
medications on the market as there are other anxiety medications
although truly most anti anxiety drugs are suitable for all
types of anxiety disorders. Only a very few drugs are completely
anxiety specific, so a general mild anti anxiety medication will
probably work just as well as specific Social Anxiety

What is social anxiety, you ask? Well, to put it simply you
fear certain social situations and will go to any lengths to
avoid them. This doesn't necessarily follow that you'll be of a
retiring nature and that you won't like social gatherings. It
only means that certain specific social situations lead you to
feel anxiety and sometimes to experience panic attacks. So
whereas a person with a shy disposition might shirk all social
gatherings, you could be the life of the party one minute with
all eyes on you and loving it and the next minute something
could happen to bring about your Social Anxiety. Perhaps you
find yourself in a humiliating situation or you find yourself in
a position from which you can't remove yourself and that's when
your Social Anxiety symptoms will all kick in at once drowning
you in their viselike grip. So what can you do about it?

First rest assured that you can generally use Social Anxiety
medications to treat your condition, but it's always a good idea
to make certain that you truly are suffering from Social Anxiety
and not just plain shyness. So here are a few symptoms for you
to look out for when next you find yourself in that position.

Fear of being socially humiliated, fear of being embarrassed,
heightened feelings of awareness, shortness of breath, sweaty
hands, trembling and twitching. If you experience palpitations,
nausea and lightheadedness, along with feelings of incompetence
and extreme cases of anxiety as well then there's a good chance
that you suffer from Social Anxiety or Social Phobia as it's
also known. These symptoms might seem like normal `shy person'
symptoms but they only become Social Anxiety symptoms when
they're experienced in the extreme end of the spectrum of

Social Anxiety medications however can fix these problems
easily especially if caught in the early stages so you need not
suffer for too long. However if you're unwilling to get on the
medication bandwagon, there are always alternative treatments
available for you. Therapy can also be a viable alternative to
Social Anxiety medications and can help you greatly. Talk with
your doctor about all your alternatives and find the right one
for you. Social situations need not be embarrassing or
excruciatingly painful affairs; and who knows you might just
find yourself enjoying yourself for the first time in a long
while if you can find the correct suitable cure for yourself.

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