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Reducing Your Risk of Social Anxiety Disorder

There are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of social anxiety disorder. However, since this disorder tends to relapse, there are certain factors which could help reduce the risk of relapse including the following:

  • See your doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illicit drugs.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid the following drugs: ephedrine, phenyephrine, isoproterenol, antipsychotic medication, diet pills, drugs for flu or colds, and steroids.
  • Attend support groups.
  • Attend family or martial counseling if needed.

References:

National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/ .

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association website. Available at: http://www.socialphobia.org/



Last reviewed February 2007 by David Juan, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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