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Talking to Your Doctor About Social Anxiety Disorder
by Amy Scholten, MPH
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.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Social Anxiety Disorder
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:
About Treatment Options
If you decide to try counseling, interview counselors to find one with whom you feel comfortable discussing your problems. Some questions to ask are:
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed June 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 12/20/2014
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