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Social Anxiety is a Heavy Load

answered 06:46 PM EST, Sun February 12, 2012
I have got really bad social anxiety. Should I use kava extract to help me get over it? I am kind of not sure if it is the kind of thing I have to take every day like an antidepressant or, better, if it is something I can just use when I need to go into social situations…like I use a alcohol drinks now….the problem with the alcohol is when it wears off sometimes my anxiety is even worse than ever.

Dr. James Strawbridge Says...

There are several things you can use to temporarily control your social anxiety. Unfortunately, some of them can end up controlling you such as alcohol. 

Many times people with social anxiety suffer from distorted thinking, including false beliefs about social situations and the negative beliefs of others.

Talking with your doctor about complaints related to your problem would be a good beginning. He would be in a position to recommend a psychologist in your area. 

 

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