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Question: social anxiety disorder??

 megan18 - Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:07 am

I'm an 18yr old female and terrified if i have social anxiety disorder. Im not a very shy person, but get extremely uncomfortable when im the centre of attention especially in front of a large group however it even happens when im in a casual conversation with friends. I go bright red and begin sweating, i can't keep eye contact and the blushing doesn't go away for ages. I find myself trying to avoid these situations but it's rather impossible, my self esteem is suffering due to this. Please help!!
My mum was diagnosed with a mild case of OCD/schizophrenia and my two sisters who are twins with psychosis/schizphrenia. Will this happen to me?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:25 pm

User avatar Hi Megan18,
I can certainly understand your concern. Social anxiety can affect your life for sure. I would definitely recommend a psych evaluation. Explain exactly what you have said here and I'm certain you will be able to get help through pharmacotherapy (medication) and/or cognitive (talk) therapy.

There is no way to predict what you may develop in the future but getting treatment early for your current problems is a good step towards health and well-being.

Good luck

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