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How to get over social anxiety?

I know this can't just happen over night, because I have a severe disorder with it and without sounding melodramatic it has changed my life completely. It is horrible to live with, due to a horrible up bringing so what are ways to get over it?


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There are talking therapies which some find helpful. For example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for certain conditions has been said to be as effective and comparable to treatment with a prescription antidepressant over six months, with cognitive behavioural therapy possibly having a longer duration of effect when assessed at 12 months.
If you feel your past experiences in life are a big factor then another form of talking therapy may help such as counselling or other approaches. With the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a followup as unless I'm mistaken the CBT more looks at the present and forming practical solutions for the future I think and may not delve as much into the past.

Herbal & vitamin-wise things that boost either serotonin, dopamine or GABA may help whilst avoiding things that increase adrenaline. There has been some connections found in research between social anxiety and a lack of dopamine. Dopamine is the "reward" neurotransmitter, its said those with adequate dopamine are more likely to perceive a positive/rewarding outcome to their endeavours.
Scientists find link between Dopamine and Social Anxiety:
Likewise there have been connections found between a lack of serotonin and social anxiety. Those with adequate serotonin are more likely to feel motivated.
You do have to be careful not to take too much serotonin or dopamine however due to serotonin syndrome and a link between high dopamine and psychosis. So as with all things taking them in moderation and starting at a low dose is best.

Some things that increase dopamine include L-Theanine (green tea extract) or Taurine, they also increase GABA which may have some anti-anxiety effects. Magnesium is also a GABA booster as well as some other supplements.
I wrote a bit about some of these here as well as other potential anti-anxiety supplements:

There is also Rhodiola Rosea which may increase serotonin and dopamine. It also increases endorphin levels which are released during exercise too, some may find more energy not good for anxiety though so mileage may vary.

Some things that increase serotonin include Tryptophan or 5-HTP. More info:

Also of course there are prescription medications a doctor can advise on such as antidepressants to boost serotonin, beta blockers to reduce the impact of adrenaline, pregabalin (lyrica) to boost GABA, benzodiazepines to boost GABA etc.

There is a forum for social anxiety sufferers and they have a section for treatment reviews (e.g. medication, talking therapy, supplements, nutrition etc.), it isn't comprehensive, some things are missing or lacking useful feedback plus everyones experience is different but may be helpful for some of the above: http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/forum/f54/
They also have other sections for discussion (not reviews) of supplements etc.
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To get over social anxiety, consult doctor and follow doctor's instructions as medication will help you to get over social anxiety. Go through a cognitive behavioral therapy and taking deep cleansing breaths and using targeted mental exercises to refocus your fears and to get over social anxiety.
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