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Reducing Your Risk of Social Anxiety Disorder
There are currently no guidelines to reduce the risk of social anxiety disorder. However, there are certain factors which could help reduce the risk of relapse:
- See your doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
- Continue therapy if suggested by your therapist
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs use.
- 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. EBSCO DynaMed website. http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 17, 2015. Accessed December 23, 2015.
Social phobia (social anxiety disorder). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/social-phobia-social-anxiety-disorder/index.shtml. Accessed December 23, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2015
- Update Date: 12/20/2014