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Forum Name: Antidepressants

Question: Blushing - AntiDepressants

 johndoe1 - Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:12 am

Just wondering if anyone has had any succsess with lexapro or any other antidepressants for the use in curing or helping blushing, I've heared it helps because of the negative iamg, thoughts and low self esteem blushers have and the anxiety that goes with it.
 Dr. E. Seigle - Fri May 02, 2008 7:51 pm

Hi johndoe1,

Lexapro and other SSRI anti-depressants are helpful for people with a condition of severe, impairing, socially-induced anxiety, known as Social Anxiety Disorder. People with this disorder can experince blushing when anxious, and the SSRI medications may help with the blushing by lowering the anxiety level. So, if your blushing is associated with the significant condition that sounds like what I described, an SSRI might be helpful. Psychotherapy is helpful for this condition as well. Good luck.

-Eliot Seigle MD

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