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Treatments for Social phobia

Treatment List for Social phobia

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Social phobia includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Alternative Treatments for Social phobia

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Social phobia may include:

Social phobia: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Social phobia may include:

Social phobia: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Social phobia:

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Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Social phobia include:

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Social phobia:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Social phobia include:

  • Fluvoxamine
  • Apo-Fluvoxamine
  • Gen-Fluvoxamine
  • Luvox
  • Novo-Fluvoxamine
  • PMS-Fluvoxamine
  • Riva-Fluvoxamine
  • Gabapentin
  • Neurontin
  • Apo-Gabapentin
  • Novo-Gabapentin
  • Nu-Gabapentin
  • PMS-Gabapentin

Hospitals & Medical Clinics: Social phobia

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Discussion of treatments for Social phobia:

Phobia: NWHIC (Excerpt)

About 80 percent of people who suffer from social phobia find relief from their symptoms when treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy or medications or a combination of the two. Therapy may involve learning to view social events differently; being exposed to a seemingly threatening social situation in such a way that it becomes easier to face; and learning anxiety-reducing techniques, social skills, and relaxation techniques.

The medications that have proven effective include antidepressants called MAO inhibitors. People with a specific form of social phobia called performance phobia have been helped by drugs called beta-blockers. For example, musicians or others with this anxiety may be prescribed a beta-blocker for use on the day of a performance. (Source: excerpt from Phobia: NWHIC)

Facts about Social Phobia: NIMH (Excerpt)

Research supported by NIMH and by industry has shown that there are two effective forms of treatment available for social phobia: certain medications and a specific form of short-term psychotherapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy. Medications include antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as well as drugs known as high-potency benzodiazepenes. Some people with a form of social phobia called performance phobia have been helped by beta-blockers, which are more commonly used to control high blood pressure.

Cognitive-behavior therapy is also very useful in treating social phobia. The central component of this treatment is exposure therapy, which involves helping patients gradually become more comfortable with situations that frighten them. The exposure process often involves three stages. The first involves introducing people to the feared situation. The second level is to increase the risk for disapproval in that situation so people build confidence that they can handle rejection or criticism. The third stage involves teaching people techniques to cope with disapproval. In this stage, people imagine their worst fear and are encouraged to develop constructive responses to their fear and perceived disapproval.

Cognitive-behavior therapy for social phobia also includes anxiety management training - for example, teaching people techniques such as deep breathing to control their levels of anxiety. Another important aspect of treatment is called cognitive restructuring, which involves helping individuals identify their misjudgments and develop more realistic expectations of the likelihood of danger in social situations.

Supportive therapy such as group therapy, or couples or family therapy to educate significant others about the disorder, is also helpful. Sometimes people with social phobia also benefit from social skills training. (Source: excerpt from Facts about Social Phobia: NIMH)

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