Our expert says:
No. Social Phobia / Social Anxiety Disorder, is a disorder which can arise in pretty well anyone, with any sort of personality, and can be relieved by treatment, leaving the underlying personality apparent again. Avoidant Personality Disorder is more of a lifestyle, never as severe or limiting as Social Phobia ( or Social Phobia would have to be diagnosed )
Social phobia usually responds well to some drugs also used for depression, and also responds well to CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Disorder ). NOT to ECT. Discuss referral to a CBT psychotherapist, to be addedd to your medication plan.
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