You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with social anxiety disorder. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Talk to your doctor about your fears and worries. Tell him if these worries are keeping you from doing everyday things and living your life.
In addition, you may want to ask questions such as:
If you decide to try counseling, interview counselors to find one with whom you feel comfortable discussing your problems. Some questions to ask are:
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Last reviewed November 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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