• Reducing Your Risk of Social Anxiety Disorder

    There are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of social anxiety disorder . However, since this disorder tends to relapse, there are certain factors which could help reduce the risk of relapse including the following:
    • See your doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
    • Continue therapy if suggested by your therapist
    • Avoid smoking , drinking alcohol , and using illicit drugs .
    • Avoid caffeine .
    • Avoid the following drugs: ephedrine, phenylephrine, isoproterenol, antipsychotic medication, diet pills, drugs for flu or colds, and steroids.
    • Attend support groups.
    • Attend family or marital counseling if needed.


    Social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Anxiety Disorders of America website. Available at: http://www.adaa.org/GettingHelp/AnxietyDisorders/SocialPhobia.asp . Updated October 2008. Accessed October 30, 2008.

    Social phobia (social anxiety disorder). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/social-phobia-social-anxiety-disorder.shtml . Updated October 2008. Accessed October 30, 2008.

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