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17 February 2009

Dealing with social anxiety

Do you know someone who suffers from social anxiety? The support, encouragement and understanding of family and friends could help the social phobia sufferer immeasurably.

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Do you know someone who suffers from social anxiety? The support, encouragement and understanding of family and friends could help the social phobia sufferer immeasurably.

Take action:
Learn more about the disorder; acknowledge that there is a real problem – social phobia is not merely a severe form of shyness, but a medical condition that should be taken seriously; be understanding – recognise that allowing a sufferer to explain their problems will help him or her to feel less isolated and ashamed of their condition; do not regard social phobia as the fault of any particular person; gently encourage the sufferer to seek professional help; once treatment is initiated, encourage the sufferer to persist and continue with treatment.

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