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How can i get rid of my social phobia...I don't want to take any sort of medicine though.

You can get treatment for

You can get treatment for your social phobia by seeing a clinical psychologist who uses the technique known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It is very important to make sure you find a behavioral psychologist for social phobia, as more traditional talk therapies are less effective for this particular disorder.

While medication can help, some of the more popular drugs (benzodiazepines) tend to numb your symptoms. SSRI antidepressants can help, but not usually enough to constitute a complete cure. The best way to achieve long-term remission is via cognitive behavioral therapy, so in a sense it is good that you do not want medication. In very severe cases medication can be useful as an interim step by allowing a patient to reach the stage of beginning treatment.

Social phobia can be treated very effectively in most cases. It does take hard work and drive however. A properly trained psychologist can help you every step of the way, but it will take effort on your part as well. Often times the hardest part is the first step, so you are well on your way.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist specializing in OCD

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