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aspiesw

I've been looking at Social Anxiety Disorder as a medical condition, mainly the treatment, and it appears I've tried every one of them, and still I'm in the same position. So I'm gonna ask my doctor to put me on medication for it. I just wanted to ask if anyone else has used medication for their Social Anxiety, and if it's helped, and the side effects etc.

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Alex

Well, I use medication for generalised anxiety. But not specifically social anxiety, as that is caused by my AS, as far as I know. Medication has helped me to feel less anxious in my daily life, and has helped me to feel more comfortable in social situations too, but personally, it hasn't helped me to really 'overcome' the fear of social interaction. And honestly, I don't think it ever will, because that is just how my brain is wired.

 

However, to help myself dealing with the fears of social interaction, I decided to start doing CBT with a specialist, about a year ago. And that right there, has helped me in more ways than I care to admit. Not that CBT is the right answer for everyone, because naturally I can only speak from my own experience.

 

Edit: Sorry, I may have misread your initial post. Do you mean that you've already tried all the therapies and such?

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Rocco

I use Busapr for my anxiety. It is not addictive. At has immediate effects and the three week build up make you almost forget your we're anxious. This is a daily medication.

Ativan helps with in an hour and really levels the playing field.as for me, my preference, THC/CBN is the best natural anxiety medication.

Best wishes.

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aspiesw

I use Busapr for my anxiety. It is not addictive. At has immediate effects and the three week build up make you almost forget your we're anxious. This is a daily medication.

Ativan helps with in an hour and really levels the playing field.as for me, my preference, THC/CBN is the best natural anxiety medication.

Best wishes.

Do you have to get a prescription for that? I can't find it on the internet anywhere.

Well, I use medication for generalised anxiety. But not specifically social anxiety, as that is caused by my AS, as far as I know. Medication has helped me to feel less anxious in my daily life, and has helped me to feel more comfortable in social situations too, but personally, it hasn't helped me to really 'overcome' the fear of social interaction. And honestly, I don't think it ever will, because that is just how my brain is wired.

 

However, to help myself dealing with the fears of social interaction, I decided to start doing CBT with a specialist, about a year ago. And that right there, has helped me in more ways than I care to admit. Not that CBT is the right answer for everyone, because naturally I can only speak from my own experience.

 

Edit: Sorry, I may have misread your initial post. Do you mean that you've already tried all the therapies and such?

When I said I tried all therapies, I mean I've tried all the therapies apart from medication, I've tried CBT, it helped, but not in the way I wanted it. I just need something to make it easier to socialise, I want to try medication, but I don't want to use it as a last resort, although it seems like it will be

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Rocco

Doctors prescription for pills. Black market for THC

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Alex

When I said I tried all therapies, I mean I've tried all the therapies apart from medication, I've tried CBT, it helped, but not in the way I wanted it. I just need something to make it easier to socialise, I want to try medication, but I don't want to use it as a last resort, although it seems like it will be

 

I understand you completely. Yes, I think you should definitely try medication, if not just to see how it works on you. Honestly, I don't think it can hurt to try. That's my attitude atleast. And if the first medication you try doesn't work well on you, then you can always try something else etc. And new meds are always being developed so there are tons of possibilties, for you to try out.

 

Just make sure to talk it over with someone who is knowledgeble first. For example a psychiatrist, a doctor, or whatever you have available. Best of luck x

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aspiesw

I understand you completely. Yes, I think you should definitely try medication, if not just to see how it works on you. Honestly, I don't think it can hurt to try. That's my attitude atleast. And if the first medication you try doesn't work well on you, then you can always try something else etc. And new meds are always being developed so there are tons of possibilties, for you to try out.

 

Just make sure to talk it over with someone who is knowledgeble first. For example a psychiatrist, a doctor, or whatever you have available. Best of luck x

Thank you, I will speak to my doctor (I have an appointment for the end of the month), I'll probably compile a lot of questions to ask etc.

In meantime, I'll use some Kalms to try and keep my anxiety down, and see how that works out for me

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Shōnen Bat

I find Propanalol very helpful for social situations. Its got a short duration (2-3hrs) and it really calms me down. Its not that I am more comfortable but it doesn't matter that I am not comfortable (it is buried under a blanket of imperturbable calmness).
 

The downside is it affects your breathing (having asthma makes this considerably worse) and I can't take it  any less than 5 hours before I go to bed or it takes ages to get to sleep.

 

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waterboatman

The medication I take for my joint pain, is an artificial opiate, its side effect, frees me from my inhibitions, the brakes that are normally on, and I so I will do things I would not do otherwise. I am conscious of this and avoid using this outside of my home. I do not like being drunk in public, I may do or say something stupid.

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史越瀚

Aspiesw, If you find anything that works, please let us know!  The only thing that ever lessened my social anxiety was street drugs and alcohol, but I can't do that and still be productive.  I've underwent quite a bit of CBT, and while that helped in developing strategies to deal with life, and to reduce my negative thinking, it didn't help with my anxiety.  Neither have the various SSRI's I've taken for depression. 

 

Really wish I wasn't so freakin' scared of people all the time...

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