Treatment of Avoidant Personality Disorder

Shyness And Social Anxiety System

Treating Social Phobias and Social Anxiety

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A. Individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and behavioral techniques may all be useful. Group therapy may assist in dealing with social anxiety. Behavioral techniques, such as assertiveness training and systematic desensitization, may help the patient to overcome anxiety and shyness.

B. Beta-blockers can be useful for situational anxiety.

C. Since many of these patients will meet criteria for Social Phobia (generalized) a trial of SSRI medication may prove beneficial.

D. Patients are prone to other mood and anxiety disorders, and these disorders should be treated with antidepressants or anxiolytics.

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