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Posted by: Puppylove | 2003/02/26

Social Anxiety Disorder

Is there any short-term / quick cure or help for Social anxiety disorder. I managed to get an appointment with a psychiatrist - but only in April - and before that I have so many 'social' situations to deal with! It was cool when I was on medication (Zoluft) - and I made lot's of friends - but now that I'm off it - they all say I'm suddenly very quiet and they seem uncomfortable around me because I'm not so lively and funny anymore. (Just nervous, anxious and withdrawn) Imagine telling people - that you were only fun because you were taking medicine. Is there anything I can think / do that will ease the anxiety until I can get help? Should I go to the gp and go back on antidepressants until I can see the shrink? Will I have to go through all the side-effects again? Please help - I'm alienating people at an amazing rate!

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Dear puppylove,
OK, you have had Social Anxiety Disorder diagnosed, and responded well to Zoloft. Fine. The drug can make you less depressed and less anxious in social situations --- it can't make you funny or fun --- that part was you, just how you are without the added burden of the disorder.
I sems likely that you would again improve on resuming the drug, which your GP could prescribe ; and the shrink could then take this into account, and can also look to adding psycholoical treatments to help you maintain your progress. You may well hav the same side-effects as you had last time, but that shou;d be worth it for the benefits you describe having experienced before.
But Alienating people ? What sort of pals hink less of you and get Alienated, just because you're a bit more shy and a bi less fun than earlier ?

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