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Treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder
If you are diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, your doctor may prescribe medication to help you feel less anxious and afraid. A doctor or counselor who is trained in treating social anxiety disorder can also help you to become more comfortable in social situations. The optimal treatment for most patients includes a combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy (such as, cognitive-behavioral therapy).
Treatment involves the following:
Surgical procedures are not indicated for the treatment of social anxiety disorder.
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Last reviewed November 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
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