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Best Treatment For Social Anxiety Disorder

Written By: admin - Jan• 20•12

Social anxiety disorder has become a problem of numerous individuals in the modern civilization. Because it prevents people to have a decent social life and a successful career, I have decided to write an article that covers several of the most successful social phobia treatments. Once you end reading it, you will understand precisely what treatments are available at this moment and how to pick the right treatment for you.

The Use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Phobia

This treatment is extremely successful and is therefore most commonly used treatment to battle social phobia. This therapy is based on finding the negative beliefs that are accountable for becoming anxious in anxiety provoking situations. This means that the major objective of this therapy is that you discover what beliefs make you feel anxious whenever you find yourself in an anxiety provoking position.

Once you recognize what your negative beliefs are, you have to find better ones that will assist you in social situations. You need to come up with more empowering beliefs that let you do things and meet people without the fear. However, the cognitive behavioral therapy goes even further. Once you are fitted with a new belief system, you need to rehearse your new behavioral patterns in anxiety provoking events. You need to rehearse for as long as needed to feel secure in social situations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What's the best, most effective treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder?
    I know certain meds work better for certain people, but it seems like most meds aren't made for social anxiety disorder in the first place. But I believe a few are supposed to be effective. Which ones seem to work best overall? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The most commonly used ones are SSRI antidepressants. Amongst these, paroxetine has been the most studied, but fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, and escitalopram can also be effective in alleviating the worst of the symptoms. Venlafaxine can also be effective, but has not been studied for this condition. Another antidepressant, moclobemide, which is a RIMA ( reversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase) is also licenced for social anxiety disorder. The older MAOIs can be effective too, but have quite severe side-effects and diet-restrictions. I've also read that clonazepam, a benzodiazepine can be effective, but is very rarely used, so you'd have to do some more research on this.

  2. QUESTION:
    What's the best MEDICATION treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder?
    Please don't list any benzodiazapenes.

    Please list medications only, and no miracle cures. Please don't answer if you dont have social anxiety and have never undergone treatment; in other words, dont post what you read on a website. I'm looking for honest answers from personal experience. Please don't mention any kinds of "therapy" (cognitive, group,etc.) I'm only interested in medications, preferrably those currently available in the US.

    I know that everyone responds differently to medicine, but I'm basically just asking what (if anything) has worked for you.

    • ANSWER:
      I was on Effexor and it seemed to help a little, but I had major mood swings. I switched to Wellbutrin and that has helped my anxiety greatly. The side effects were minimal and easy to deal with. I'm also currently on Seroquel which helps put my mind at ease at night, that also works pretty well, but I've had some short term memory issues with that one. It's nothing I can't deal with so I keep taking it because it works.

  3. QUESTION:
    whats the best treatment for social anxiety disorder?
    I was just diagnosed with social anxiety disorder whats the best treament.

    • ANSWER:
      I suffered for years, but it improved when I started Paxtil / Aropax (Antidepressant). It's not to be taken lightly, and get good medical advice first, but it solved my problem after years of intense unwelcome anxiety.

  4. QUESTION:
    Best pharmacological treatment for social anxiety disorder?
    For the last few months, I have been on 20mg of Paxil to treat my social anxiety disorder. It has certainly helped, but resulted in weight gain and an increase in cholesterol. What other medications have people found effective, which do not cause drowsiness or weight gain?

    I am not interested in benzodiazepines, natural treatments or CBT.

    • ANSWER:
      I have found that Zoloft works well with minimal side effects compared to other anti-anxiet medications. I've been on it for months and have had NO side effects. Medications do work differently for people, so it just depends. There are so many of these meds on the market right now, one is bound to work for you. I agree that you should not have to deal with those side effects.

  5. QUESTION:
    For people with social anxiety disorder..what specific medication or treatment has worked best for you?
    I believe I have a serious case of social anxiety disorder although I have never been professionally tested (due to the fact that I'm scared to see a doctor about it -- go figure).

    I have been with my fiance for a year and I almost break down into massive panic attacks everytime I am in the company of his parents. I have become unglued at dinner with them, spilling water all over the table due to my shaking hands. I avoid most of their family parties and claim either sickness or another event to attend. My fiance even says my nervousness is very noticeable and that I sometimes look like a complete mess. He tells me all the time to calm down and act myself, but I can't. I don't know why this happens to me but it does.

    This happens with other things as well. I am petrified to continue my education and go off to college. I attempted it but I was nervous everyday in class and uneasy. I am a day care teacher and speaking with my boss and the children's parents is a STRUGGLE! Help me!
    I met my fiance at a high school party when I was under the influence of alcohol. I would have never had the nerve to approach him sober.

    Also, job interviews....most nerve wrecking events in my life. I spend days worrying about them.

    • ANSWER:
      Medications often used for chronic, severe, or generalized social anxiety disorder include:
      Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), to relieve anxiety. SSRIs are often the first type of medication used to treat generalized social anxiety disorder.
      Benzodiazepines, to relieve anxiety. They are fast-acting; however, they may be habit-forming and are not generally used in those with substance abuse problems.
      Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), to relieve depression and anxiety. MAOIs have potentially serious side effects when they are taken with certain foods (such as some cheeses and red wine).
      Beta-blockers, to reduce anxiety. Beta-blockers are sometimes used to treat physical symptoms of anxiety (such as tremors or rapid heart rate).
      Venlafaxine, to help relieve anxiety and depression.
      Ongoing treatment of social anxiety disorder usually includes continuing psychological counseling and regular checkups to monitor any medications you may be taking.

      If professional counseling alone has not reduced your anxiety symptoms, medications may be added to your treatment.

      It is possible to overcome the fears associated with social anxiety disorder. Working through fears with a specific type of therapy-cognitive-behavioral therapy that includes exposure therapy-may be the best approach for treating your anxiety. It is important to continue professional counseling even if you are taking medications to reduce anxiety.

      Types of therapy that effectively treat social anxiety disorder include:

      Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps you identify anxieties and situations that provoke the anxiety. Initially, you may feel uncomfortable while addressing the feared situations, but it is an important part of your recovery. Several types of cognitive-behavioral therapy are used to treat social anxiety disorder, including:
      Exposure therapy. You will be guided by a professional counselor to imagine you are facing the feared situation until you no longer fear it, such as eating in public. Next, you may go with your counselor to a public place and eat until, eventually, you can eat by yourself in public without fear.
      Social skills training. This therapy helps you develop the skills you need in social situations through rehearsing and role-playing. Your anxiety is reduced as you become more comfortable with and prepared for the feared social situations.
      Cognitive restructuring. This therapy helps you learn to identify and improve fearful thinking to help you better handle social situations.
      Symptom management skills. This therapy teaches you how to reduce stress by controlling your breathing and other physical responses to anxiety.
      Supportive therapy. This can include:
      Education about the disorder.
      Family therapy, to support loved ones affected by your condition.
      Group therapy or support groups, to seek support from others also diagnosed with the disorder.
      If your anxiety is triggered by many social situations (generalized), you may need continuous and prolonged treatment with a combination of counseling and medications. During this time, your health professional will need to monitor your medications. If one medication is ineffective, you and your health professional may decide you should try another.

      With social anxiety disorder, it is possible to progress from debilitating fear of one social situation to having anxiety about all social encounters (generalized). If this occurs, additional treatment is needed that usually includes adding medications and increasing the amount of professional counseling you receive.

      You may also feel more anxious when starting professional counseling. This is because you are thinking about the situations that cause you fear and anxiety. Once the situations have been identified, the fears can be addressed through counseling-especially cognitive-behavioral therapy which includes exposure therapy-gradually exposing you to your fear.

      If you are taking medications to treat social anxiety disorder, you will need regular checkups to monitor the medications (such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and their potential side effects. The medications may cause bothersome side effects that may make your anxiety worse at first. These side effects may get better over time. But if they do not, you may need to take a different medicine.

      If social anxiety disorder is left untreated or improperly treated, it can cause debilitating distress that interferes with daily activities. Physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, blushing, shortness of breath, and dizziness can occur and need to be assessed.

      Other psychological conditions (such as depression or substance abuse) may accompany social anxiety disorder, and these conditions need additional treatment. If left untreated, the combination of social anxiety disorder and another psychological condition (such as depression) can increase the risk of attempted suicide.

  6. QUESTION:
    My mom is offering to pay for one kind of treatment for my social anxiety disorder, but which one is best?
    Im moving to NYC, hopefully this summer.. and i will be able to take one kind of therapy for my SAD. I have been waiiiting to get popper treatment for a long time.. as i have avoided all medications.. and have dealt with some very insensitive "psychiatrists". This will be my first time living, going to school.. and possibly working int he city on my own.. and i just want the therapy to be as a good as posible.. I was thinking CBT.. but i dont know exactly where the best place is to go.
    I need some good recommendations (and dont worry about price.. because my insurance in ny will cover it)
    I really need some help.. in order to function and continue in school.. and I believe this will help with my deppression..
    I just need to know which therapy .. which location or which therapist is best to see. I have been waiting for this opportunity.. and this time.. i want to go someplace that understands this disorder inside and out.. and will help me by pushing me to make changes.. and assess whats going on.. i need a good coach, because otherwise i may be a shut in forever.
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Personally meds helped me the most but some people do well with CBT. But most concepts from CBT can be developed with a good book on your own, while medication keeps the symptoms back.

      I recommend: Anxiety, Phobias and Panic by R. Peurifoy. It's based on CBT.

  7. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder?
    I've been suffering from relatively strong social anxiety my whole life, and lately it's been especially disruptive to the point I feel like I need treatment for it.

    I've tried counseling and therapy for it and while I'm in it it helps with my mood and perspective, but my actual anxiety has never gotten any better. With great reluctance I've decided that medication might be my best option, so I've just got a few questions.

    Has medication worked for you? What does it do/how does it help? I mean, does every second thought and instance of over-analysis just go away and not happen or what? I don't quite understand what it's like.

    Also, people seem to make a distinction/have a negative preference towards benzo-somethings. What's significant about them?

    • ANSWER:
      Beta blockers are used to dull the fight-or-flight response, but most people prefer not to take medication for this if they can help it. Here is a good alternative: if you go to a hypnotherapist they can combine deep relaxation with suggestions for feeling calm & confident. Just a few sessions can work really well. Make sure the therapist is properly qualified though.

  8. QUESTION:
    What's the best treatment for social phobia with depression, anxiety & borderline personality disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      i don't know about best treatment but i can describe what i know that has helped me very much (although I was diagnosed with bipolar, depression, and anxiety). but, i know that the treatment I used can be applied to borderline personality disorder. I saw a therapist. took me a long time before i found one i felt comfortable with. he really helped. i had at the same time a psychiatrist since i took anti-depressants. again, it took me a long time before finding the right doctor and then the right anti-depressant.

      I also did many EMDR sessions which were very helpful to me. EMDR is a rather new technique. There are other neurological techniques available that you can check online.
      Regarding EMDR and other neurobiological techniques: There are pros and cons with any of these techniques. My opinion is solely based on my own experience. I do not pretend to speak for anyone else and am aware that these same techniques do not work for everybody.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best medication for Social Anxiety Disorder?
    I've dealt with this all my life, and I'm ready to try something beyond therapy. It runs in my family, and I don't want to end up like some of my relatives, who are unwilling to try medication and just haven't been able to enjoy their lives. I've heard that SSRI's are the first-line treatment...are there any specific SSRI's that work the best for this condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Paxil has the reputation, but I don't think it's necessarily true. Ask your doctor what he/she has seen help.

      Also, look into a therapist. The combination of a med & a therapist is much better than either individually.

  10. QUESTION:
    I can't get a job because i have social anxiety disorder ?
    I have had social anxiety disorder for a few years now. I was diagnosed a few months ago and i am now on the waiting list for coginitive behavioural therapy.
    I am really struggling to find employment. I go for plenty of interviews even though i hate them so much. I do try my best, i prepare for them in advance, finding out as much as i can about the company and writing down things i can say. But when i get in the interview things don't work out like i planned at all. My mouth goes dry, i get hot and i'm just terrified. When i answer the questions i end up answering in such a quiet voice and i stammer and stutter and say the first thing that comes into my head even if its stupid and irrelevant.
    I have read all about social anxiety disorder and i do realise that staying at home all the time won't help the problem but i have been thinking about working from home. I having been going to interviews for nearly 3 years now and it doesn't seem to get any easier. I am still the same as i was when i first finished college and started looking for employment. I did have one job once. I got sacked for being too slow. It was an admin job. I had to phone people and deal with (sometimes angry) customers. The reason i was slow was because i didn't want to phone the people because i was too scared so i put it off. But i did do it eventually.
    My mum is a single parent and is on a low income so my family really needs some more money. I really need a job, for them if not for myself. So i just want your advice. Should i get a work from home job at least just until i start getting treatment ? If you do think so then can you give me some advice about how to get a work from home job ? How can i help myself with my social anxiety disorder until i get treatment ?
    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      no you need treatment

      you might be able to do an hour or two of voluntary work once you have seen a psychologist and are starting the CBT

      you should be entitled to disability benefits due to your illness and inability to work.

      sort out the anxiety problem, THEN move forward in life and you can find a job from a better place than where you are now.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do I Have Social Anxiety Disorder?
    Hey im just looking for for personal experiences and professional advice about social anxiety disorder and whether or not I am suffering from it.

    I am really nervous about engaging in new social situations, like parties, or even just making new friends, ETC. When I do get into social situations, I analyze it and beat my self up for "saying the wrong thing" even if it was just small talk. At parties I am some what quiet, but when I drink I get more social. The next morning I feel like I made a fool of myself by saying the wrong things. This happens 99.9% of the time. I am also really nervous to talk in front of people and when I do I have to have everything I am going to say memorized or I freeze up.

    When I am with really good friends or my girlfriend, I am a 100% different person, and comfortable with everything I say.

    Is this a sign of social anxiety? I feel it is, but not as extreme as cases I have been reading about. And if so, what is the best course of action? Are self help books effective treatments?

    I really want to get over this so any and all help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      For about four years I wasn't able to meet new people or feel comfortable in social situations without getting drunk first or at least having a couple drinks. However I had to quit drinking because it was ruining my life. That was a year and three months ago and just now I am starting to feel comfortable talking to people without a drink. I over analyze everything too. I'd walk away from a conversation and hate myself for saying something the way I did or the like.
      However I've found that if you just do things you normally wouldn't, like speak up when you usually wouldn't or talk to somebody that you would usually ignore, it'll turn out better than you think. Do something you're scared to do. The main reason I bring this up is because there will be a time when there's a girl you really want to talk to (or guy, I'm not here to judge) but you'll be too nervous and then you'll beat yourself up for not doing it. But if you do talk, even if you think you said something stupid, at least you can tell yourself you tried. Plus it might even work out and its smooth sailing from there on. Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Social Anxiety Disorder?
    First off I would like to say thank you to those of you who give me a response. I suffer from Social Anxiety, and I wanted to know which one of these OTC drugs are the best for treatment and why.

    Seredyn
    Vilift
    Purecalm

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about the other supplements, but I definitely wouldn't purchase Vilift. Make sure to do your homework on the other products.

      VILIFT is made by Nathan's Natural.

      Nathan's Natural, the parent company of Vilift, Hot Hoodia Plus, CreVax, ViSwiss, and Vitager, has been known to be extremely deceptive and fraudulent. Watch this video or google search for "CreVax Scam". You won't be disappointed you did.

      http://renegadehealth.com/blog/crevax-weight-loss-pill-scam-exposed-the-renegade-health-show-episode-68/

      Also, read this review on ViLift -
      http://www.happymoods.info/blog/vilift-review

      Negative reviews are posted all over the internet about this company and their products. Try searching for real reviews on ViSwiss or CreVax at ripoffreport.com or complaintsboard.com.

      Check out the discussion been the people that Nathan's Natural, the makers of Vilift, had stolen before and after pictures from :

      http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=41723
      http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=41723&page=2

      The Better Business Bureau has addresses for Nathans Natural all over the United States. See the links below:
      1.) http://louisville.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=23&bbb=0402&firm=159126415
      2.) http://chicago.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=46&bbb=0654&firm=88259895
      3.) http://search.newyork.bbb.org/reports.aspx?pid=44&page=1&id=105686
      4.) http://westernmichigan.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=53&bbb=0372&firm=38121451

      More addresses have been known to be linked to Nathan's Natural in Washington, New York, and the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. "Cyprus?", you ask. Yes, Cyprus. The more you know, the shadier this company seems. Be sure to watch the video link posted above for a pretty good summary about what's going on.

      It's been well known that Nathan's Natural consistently participates in illegal, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices. I can't believe they are still allowed to operate. I would think the FTC would put companies like this at the top of their priority list.

  13. QUESTION:
    Extreme blushing, social anxiety disorder, has anyone..?
    overcome it?

    I'm an 18 y/o female and I've been social phobic for almost my whole life, but of course it started surfacing more as I got older, maybe around 9th grade and continued to get worse, although I did not lessen my exposure to people/public speaking.

    I guess I'm just looking into what treatment is best. I tried SSRI's (prozac and then I tried celexa, but somewhat low doses) and they provided very minimal relief. I'm currently on nothing now. I was getting therapy for general anxiety/stress but haven't for blushing/social phobia specifically. Should I try that before I try another medication? Any natural remedies?

    Any help/inspirational stories would be great....SAD is ruining my life and stopping me from doing things I want to do :[

    • ANSWER:
      You could try hypnotherapy. There are a lot of different types of hypnotherapy, some with better results than others.

      One particular type of hypnotherapy (pure hypnoanalysis) gets a lot of positive feedback from those who've had it.... see these testimonials... http://www.avonhypnotherapy.co.uk/testimonials.htm

      It can be helped!

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I tell my parents I have social anxiety and that i want medicinal treatment?
    My parents are really tough on me so naturally, i shut them out a long time ago. Now, I really need their help. I'm a 15 year old girl and i STRONGLY believe i have ADHD and a lot of social anxiety. Whenever people ask me to hangout i decline because I'm just generally scared. I need help for this because I want my teen years to be the best years of my life and I cant do that when I'm too scared to go anywhere with anyone. How do I convince my parents I have this disorder, because they will think I'm crazy or over-reacting and I won'y get the treatment I need. HELP HELP HELP

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    What treatment is indicated ADHD with comorbid GAD and panic disorder?
    I have SEVERE social anxiety/GAD w/agoraphobia and am currently on Lexapro 30mg, Ativan 6mg (yes... 2mg tid) with as-needed Tranxene for panic attacks. I have always had trouble focusing and concentrating on tasks. I think it is affecting my ability to function at my best in both college and work.

    My question is, can ADHD meds such as Adderall or Ritalin be taken concurrently with benzos for anxiety and is there any obvious benefit or risk? I've heard they are combined a good bit in certain patients, but I wasn;t sure for what indications. Would a stimulant most likely worsen my anxiety or would it do the opposite and work WITH the benzo to address both problems?

    Of course I'm going to ask my psychiatrist and let her make the medical decision, but wanted to know a little more about this problem before I went in. If I truly have ADHD, I want it treated, but don't want to worsen my anxiety disorder at the same time.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you should stay inside more or just talk with someone such as a psychiatrist or someone you trust to get the help you need.

  16. QUESTION:
    Please, am asking for help.. why do I keep changing my moods?
    Am 17 years old male, and am in treatment. Been diagnosed social anxiety disorder and depression that's the reason why am going to a psychologist and psychiatrist simoultaneously. Yes, am taking anti-depressants daily. I am confused about my sexual orientation as I started feeling attraction towards males which may be related to my depression.
    I keep changing my moods, mondays and tuesdays are so hard for me, even tho this is the last year of high school which meant hell for me, I dont seem to be happy or motivated. Am just worried, sad, and so negative. The fact is that I can't help it, can't control it..at times I feel like am absent, like am in other place, or don't knwo where I am even tho I realize it's my room for ex. I feel like am not present or not there, It's horrible and am not too sure why. Am taking pills to beat depression but don't know what to do anymore, am feeling horrible, this states are horribles because I dont feel like doing anything just being alone at bed, and anything seems to make sense. What does all this mean? It's hurting me and mostly confusing me, is it that am stressed and tired of the daily routine of school or what? But when I think of college or my future, I dont feel motivated, I feel like am gonna suck and everything will stay the same even though I want everything to change.

    Any help? Please would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance (and I graduate in 3 months, but don't feel excited about it which pisses me off!)
    I feel so guilty cause everyone is so worried about me and I wish they wasn't, am just feeling so sad and lonely. Everything seems to suck and I dont know why i dont enjoy anything anymore. I feel like I have no reason for living and can't help these kind of toughts.
    I also do my best to stay happy and find the positive sides of everything but I just can't. It's so frustrating =(

    • ANSWER:
      Your body is undergoing a lot of changes. Your brain will still be growing until about age 25. Your mind is stressed with the transition from boyhood to manhood. Everything else seems more important than it will in just a few more years. A lot of what you are feeling is common to ALL teenagers, especially young men because they still get the "men don't cry" crap thrown at them while growing up. Men can cry, and laugh, and feel everything women can feel. You are entitled to all of your feelings. So, cut yourself a little slack. You do not have to be perfect and you do not have to come up with all the answers at once. Being mad at yourself for not being happy is counterproductive. It's kind of like breaking your leg and then beating it with a stick because it isn't healing fast enough.
      I do recommend staying in therapy. Therapy can provide tools for you to use to cope, but YOU have to use them. (I know, I've been in therapy for a while due to severe illness.) One thing that helped me a lot was learning to distract the emotional side of my brain by engaging the analytical side. When you start dwelling on something negative, instead of searching for a better emotion, try counting backwards from a hundred by sevens or recite multiplication tables. It doesn't work like flipping a switch, you have to force yourself to do it, but after a while it eases the anxiety you feel.
      As for college, you will probably do better than you think you will. I never had a chance to go to college, so I am now, at age 49. I was scared that I couldn't handle it after all these years, but so far it's been fun.
      I can only imagine the confusion about your sexual orientation. I have several friends who are gay. I know they all had a tough time as teenagers, but it seems to get better as you get older. I have heard a lot of people have a "passing fancy" for members of their own gender, but end up heterosexual. Whatever happens, you have the right to be you.
      Don't beat up on yourself. Would you kick a friend who was down? Be a friend to yourself. Talk to the guy in the mirror and reassure him that he is okay. (Seriously, try it.)
      Good luck and may God bless you!

  17. QUESTION:
    I have social anxiety(fear of people)and also ...?
    agoraphobia(fear of the market place) although I think agoraphobia is just a symptom of the social anxiety.I am 51 years old and have had this as long as I can remember I was a stay at home Mom and during that time I was very happy.But I believe it has caused my condition to worsen.Through all that time I was in treatment for both disorders.I have had cognitive therapy and hypnotherapy as well as trying many different meds and nothing has really helped.What I want to know is does anyone see anything wrong with me just accepting that I have these disorders and that I just try to cope to the best of my abilities with what I have which means I have a very limited life with very few people I associate with.I have tried for the last 30 years to overcome this and I am sick of trying to overcome it so what do you think is there anything wrong with me just accepting this as a part of who I am and that my life will always be this way.I am exhausted from trying to be the way everyone else is.I am 51 and I don't want to have to go out into the world and start over trying to build a career and making new friends is there something wrong with having just a few people that you trust and rely on.Please believe me when I say that I have tried everything out there to overcome this even my doctor told me that"he was out of bullets"meaning he didn't know what to do to help me anymore.I just want to know if anyone out there thinks it's ok just to accept that my life will always be limited.Pleas remember I am 51 and I have been seeing doctors for over 30 years.Thank you for your opinion.
    Swanalisa it was easier when I was young the best advice I can give you is to go out as much as you can.Stay around people do not isolate youself.Even if you only have a few friends make sure you stay in touch.Alcohol can relive it some but in the long run that make it worse.You become dependent on it.Also it only increases the amount of anxiety you have when you are not drinking.I take the medications seroquel and temanzepam they help a little be careful what meds you take you can becomme addicted.I don't know if anything I can tell you will help you as all treatment affects each person differently.Good Luck!

    • ANSWER:
      Now i am only 18, but i think i'm going down the same road you are. And i accept how you are and i wish other people would too. Schools should be more accepting to people with these disorders also. As a matter of a fact, you shouldn't change. you should be perfectly content with your life the way it is. You've lived like this for 51 years. and you seem to be doing just fine. shouldn't have to change the way you are for people to accept you. but i would like to ask you as a kid... how did you end up copeing with it all... i think i may need a few tips...

      I give you props..
      your my new inspiration!

  18. QUESTION:
    Do I have to pay for psychiatric treatment in Canada?
    Is it covered in OHIP? I really need help. There is a 95% chance that I have social anxiety disorder. I have been bullied when I was new in Canada and was loner for almost 8 years now. I am trying to socialize again but I can feel that it is not working. I think that they think I am cold. I just cant make eye contact because of thoughts about them thinking I am stupid or gay. I can avoid these thoughts by not looking mostly to not observe facial expressions. I also have the tendency to withdraw from conversation because of extreme discomfort. I also may have AVPD but lets hope for the best. I just feel hopeless now. I tried so many approaches.

    • ANSWER:
      if you need it the government will pay for it, you will be covered and if you have insurance you can get money back if you pay.

  19. QUESTION:
    I'm so depressed which is...... :'(?
    Me being the only asian girl hanging out with black people at school.
    I'm not racist to black people it's just I find it really weird and it makes me uncomfortable being the only asian... Like sometimes I can't even relate to them.... like they have there 'black attitude' going on...and there all into nigerian music and I'm not.. it's just weird 4 me..
    Like I tried hanging out with people who are asian and it just didn't work out cause I was too shy n quiet 4 them. I didn't really know how to joke much with them .... Like they gave me a chance to be really close friends with them but when they really got to know me as a person they went up and left me. Sometimes they would isolate me.. :(
    I kinda got pissed off I felt like I wasn't good enough for them. And if they didn't like me for who I am then I just bothered not to be around them as much.
    Which led me to hang out with black people. I have this one best friend who is black name Melinda and she's friends with these black people which led me being friends with them. And that's how I got into there clique.

    Sometimes at school I would get these weird stares cause I'm the only asian hanging out with black people. ):
    Like ... ugh sometimes Melinda can be a big pain. For example she gets mad over the littlest things. On friday at school she asked me to give her line paper and I told her I only had 2 left and I was going to use it and she got mad and said "Fineee I'm just gonna ignore you for the whole day"
    cause she thought I was being selfish. It was so stupid.
    Everytime she gets mad she would ignore me for the whole day without talking to me which is the worst feeling ever.
    And like she has this other best friend name "Shontelle" and she treats her better than she does to me.
    Like Shontelle called her "Your a slave and I'm the owner" and then Melinda just let's her get away with it and she didn't even ignore her for the whole day @ school.
    Like what Shontelle said to Melinda was just over the top.... and I'm surprised she didn't ignore her or anythin. It's probably cause Shontelle is cooler than I am. And Melinda probably likes Shontelle better than me. Like it's just so obvious.

    I just hate making friends.
    They never work out for me.

    What am I gonna do? I'm so depressed.......
    I feel like I'm gonna live life with no friends but myself. ):
    Please help me out?
    Ever since I was little I had problem with socializing and I am suffering with (SAD)
    social anxiety disorder :(
    I wanna get treatment but I don't want my parents to know that I'm telling my doctor about my problem.... my parents can be really judgemental which is why I'm trying to help myself out. :(
    Also what's even worse is that my parents are racist to black people :(

    • ANSWER:
      Hang out with people who make you happy. Race shouldn't even be considered because it's an irrelevant factor and does not define a single group of people. Just because you aren't into the same music doesn't mean you should stop being friends with them. Instead accept it and be open to their music. Give it a chance and then show them some of yours.

      And if your friends are being dumbasses about little things it doesn't matter.. they're just kidding around. You sound awfully young, so don't get discouraged about making friends. Just get over it and remember to be yourself.

  20. QUESTION:
    I'm so depressed which is..... (I just don't wanna live anymore)?
    Me being the only asian girl hanging out with black people at school.
    I'm not racist to black people it's just I find it really weird and it makes me uncomfortable being the only asian... Like sometimes I can't even relate to them.... like they have there 'black attitude' going on...and there all into nigerian music and I'm not.. it's just weird 4 me..
    Like I tried hanging out with people who are asian and it just didn't work out cause I was too shy n quiet 4 them. I didn't really know how to joke much with them .... Like they gave me a chance to be really close friends with them but when they really got to know me as a person they went up and left me. Sometimes they would isolate me.. :(
    I kinda got pissed off I felt like I wasn't good enough for them. And if they didn't like me for who I am then I just bothered not to be around them as much.
    Which led me to hang out with black people. I have this one best friend who is black name Melinda and she's friends with these black people which led me being friends with them. And that's how I got into there clique.

    Sometimes at school I would get these weird stares cause I'm the only asian hanging out with black people. ):
    Like ... ugh sometimes Melinda can be a big pain. For example she gets mad over the littlest things. On friday at school she asked me to give her line paper and I told her I only had 2 left and I was going to use it and she got mad and said "Fineee I'm just gonna ignore you for the whole day"
    cause she thought I was being selfish. It was so stupid.
    Everytime she gets mad she would ignore me for the whole day without talking to me which is the worst feeling ever.
    And like she has this other best friend name "Shontelle" and she treats her better than she does to me.
    Like Shontelle called her "Your a slave and I'm the owner" and then Melinda just let's her get away with it and she didn't even ignore her for the whole day @ school.
    Like what Shontelle said to Melinda was just over the top.... and I'm surprised she didn't ignore her or anythin. It's probably cause Shontelle is cooler than I am. And Melinda probably likes Shontelle better than me. Like it's just so obvious.

    I just hate making friends.
    They never work out for me.

    What am I gonna do? I'm so depressed.......
    I feel like I'm gonna live life with no friends but myself. ):
    Please help me out?
    Ever since I was little I had problem with socializing and I am suffering with (SAD)
    social anxiety disorder :(
    I wanna get treatment but I don't want my parents to know that I'm telling my doctor about my problem.... my parents can be really judgemental which is why I'm trying to help myself out. :(
    Also what's even worse is that my parents are racist to black people :(

    • ANSWER:
      Im not exactly sure if you are religious or not, but God doesnt want you to be alone. You will make friends. Just ask God for help and strength, but dont expect friends right away. You could start out with little things, like loaning a pencil to someone, or complimenting them. Thats what I do. And I have made some really good friends. And why dont you want your parents to know youre telling a doctor about your problems? It may be best, and could be the key to helping you. But if you trust in God to give you the power to just speak up a little bit at least, it will all work out. Im not saying that you will pray and wake up the next morning with a million friends, but it will all get better in time.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can anyone relate to this or give me some advice?
    I just realized that I'm lesbian. I'm already 27 and feel weird about realizing this only so late in my life. I have Social Anxiety Disorder which has largely kept me a way from a normal social life and dating. I've also suffered from depression a lot. I started to get treatment for my anxiety and depression lately, and as my condition improved I can now think about dating and a relationship, and I feel I'm simply not attracted to men but that I've actually always liked girls but used to suppress my feelings and didn't see them as what they were. Like there was a girl in my class that I actually really was in love with but I tried to see it a way as if I just really wanted to be best friends with her. I've never been attracted to men sexually but given my social anxiety, it felt easiest to just be celibate. I had two short-lived and unhappy sexual relationships with men, but feel I only slept with them because I didn't want to be alone and hate the memory of it. I grew up in a very homophobic environment in which homosexuality was simply treated as non-existent. I want to talk to someone about my feelings but don't know how. Although I'm already 27 I feel in a way as if I just hit puberty.
    Thank you Trisha. That's actually my worst fear that another woman could think something like that, even if I were straight, it's a problem with social anxiety that people can think you don't like them when actually you're just too afraid they don't like you!

    • ANSWER:
      well im 15 and i came out to every1 bt my parents, i know how it feels to supress those thoughts and feelings, but youll get used to it after a while and make sure what ever girl you get with knows tht you just came out or are having your first female relationship so they know that this is all new to u and dont think your being stanoffish or that you dont like them

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I effectively lose 10 lbs worth of body fat?
    I'm 18 years-old, 5'2" and 120 lbs. That isn't so bad, but I weighed 110 lbs 6 months or so ago and I looked the best I ever have. I just started college and I want to look my best again so I can feel better about myself. It wouldn't bother me as much if my fat wasn't just concentrated around my butt and thighs. I eat very healthily, no pop or anything and lots of salads, fruits and veggies. I am muscular because I exercise a lot, but though I have been trying for months now to lose this weight, I have not had any success and if anything I think I'm gaining.
    Any tips/help will be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. I believe my weight gain could be cause by the amount of stress in my life. I currently have social anxiety disorder and depression that I have yet to start treatment for. I have been trying for half a year to get treatment. I have finally been diagnosed, but have yet to start therapy because my doctors are taking their sweet time.

    • ANSWER:
      When you are losing weight, you should exercise and diet together.
      If you exercise without dieting, you will get bigger appetite, which
      will lead to increase of weight, or muscle grow
      underneath the fat layer, and make you bulkier. If you diet without
      exercising, you will become flabby and will have excess skin. For
      diet, go wheat free. No pasta, pizza, bread and so on. And no food
      after 7 p.m. People achieve marvellous results with it. Depending on
      your initial weight, you can drop upwards from 20 pounds a month. If
      you don't eat wheat then you don't eat all those sticky, fatty goey
      cakes, you don't eat junk food, and you don't eat biscuits. But your
      diet is still balanced. It costs nothing, and you do not have to
      calculate points or to buy special meals or plans. For exercising,
      start with walking, and then switch to running/jogging. Running is the
      most efficient and calorie-burn exercise ever. If you are overweight a
      lot, walk first or you may have health complications (heart attack,
      disjointed bones and so on). Weight lifting is a good means to target
      your problem areas for men and women. It's not necessarily to become a
      bodybuilder or even join a gym - a couple of dumbbells will help you
      to target your problem areas (stomach, butt, legs, arms, chest).

  23. QUESTION:
    What's wrong with me?
    About four years ago I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I wasn't specifically diagnosed until summer of 2009 with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sometimes I can't go into school because it's so stressful, but I'm trying my best to maintain good grades. I wish I could repeat high school or make up some classes that I hadn't done well in because I can't concentrate well. I am pretty intelligent, I think, but I just can't focus that well. I'm so uncomfortable. I've been on Lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, and recently was put on Cymbalta. None of these really had much of an effect and they may have caused mood swings and anger outbursts. When I was younger, I thought I was the Antichrist. My doctor told me that if you're bipolar, antidepressants can sometimes cause manic reactions. One time, on Prozac, I was so angry at my parents because I felt like they didn't understand me so I started writing things like "YOU WANT ME TO FAIL" and "I'M NOT EXAGERRATING" all over my walls. I just don't know what to do. What's the best course of treatment for me? First, I feel like I need to be diagnosed correctly. I'm pretty upset right now because I couldn't even go to school on the second freaking day (I went yesterday) and am truly mad at myself for caving in to my anxiety. I don't know what to do. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Dude, seriously, the opinion of anyone on Yahoo Answers will be wrong. Please, please please do not listen to anyone's advice on here. Please. For your own sake.

      I really feel for you man, but people one here will only give bad advice. Only a professional can help you.

      Peace and love

  24. QUESTION:
    Is there something wrong with me mentally or psychologically? Psychologist and Health Professionals.?
    So I can't afford health care and I'm waiting for school to begin so I could utilize the health care on campus. I'm not sure if they'll check me out since it's a community college. At any rate, my concern is I have all these problems with myself and I'm not sure if it's normal or not. I am 22 years old and I feel like I've had these problems forever now but I haven't really done anything about it. I feel like these issues are affecting my daily life and my ability to live my life to the fullest. If you are a health professional or a psychologist, I would really like to hear what you have to say about my problems. Thanks in advance.

    Communication Anxiety?
    Anxiety disorder? (Social anxiety disorder/social phobia)
    ADD/ADHD? ask school health center if I have any studying disabilities?
    - Hard remembering what I just read.
    - Hard time communicating with others.
    - Frequent headaches when reading or talking.
    - Easily bored. Zone out, can't focus on a conversation. Can't remember what the other person just said; paraphrase or recite.
    - Easily distracted when reading. When reading, sometimes it's hard to remember what I just read. It's hard to summarize by reciting aloud or paraphrase by writing.
    - Throat becomes dry and feels like theres something in my throat that's hindering me from communicating freely.
    - Difficulty concentrating or think coherently.
    - Trouble with procrastination. I try my best not to procrastinate but I end up doing it anyways.
    - Forgetfulness. I feel like I forget things really easily, like what I just learned or where I left my keys, phone, or wallet. I misplace things very frequently.
    - I tend to stumble over my words when I talk and I find myself trying harder than I should to make 'sense.' I try and connect words and my thoughts together and sometimes it comes out incoherently.
    - I tend to over exaggerate when writing or even talking. I write and say more than I necessary.

    It's been a long time since I've been to the doctors or got checked out. Should I get a blood test or an X-ray to see if there's anything wrong with me? I always have these thoughts that something is wrong with me but I don't know for sure since it's been a long time since I've spoken to a professional. I don't ever feel like I'm normal and that something is wrong with me. Until I can get the right treatment and tests I'm going to continue to think this way. I'd appreciate if a health professional or a psychologist can chime on this matter so I could know what I should do and who I should talk to in order to help cope with my problems.

    • ANSWER:
      stop over thinking thing's for starters.

  25. QUESTION:
    Could it be ADHD making me procrastinate?
    I am in high school, and have always been an honors student. My grade average for last year was a 92. This year, I am taking all honors in my major classes and foreign language and my first AP class. I am on the high school tennis team and play for two soccer leagues. I have always been a severe procrastinator and find it hard to do tasks that seem boring or tedious. However due to my high grades, and my ability to always get my work done (eventually) nobody ever thought about the possibility of ADHD. But now, as I get older I am finding it harder and harder to deal with all the stress the procrastination puts on me. I told my mom about this and she brought me to a psychologist, who diagnosed me with Social Anxiety Disorder. I never knew this existed, but once I researched it I realized I fit all the symptoms and whatnot. I started taking Paxil and going to therapy, and I assumed that all the trouble focusing was due to the SAD. But now, after about 7 months into the treatment, I am seeing a tremendous help with my anxiety socially, but I am having the same problems focusing, organizing, and getting things done. Im actually procrastinating on TONS of homework right now. The stress from this has caused me to become depressed and suicidal time after time. Im not sure if I will ever be diagnosed, because the SAD causes me to feel I need to get my work done, so I dont upset people, and I always try my best to focus in class. I really don't know what to do. I used to think I was just lazy, but I am a very active person, and I really want to get my work done, but I just can't do it. My brother was diagnosed with ADHD, but he doesn't care about what his teachers think or worries about his future as much as I do, so his symptoms are clearer to see. I would really like a tutor or something to help me do my homework, but my family can't afford it, and my mom and dad don't have the time or the willingness to help me get anything done. I'm sorry this is so long or if I sound like I'm complaining. I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm also hoping my parents will let me stay home tomorrow so I can get my work done, but I'll probably leave it till 10 tomorrow night anyway.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the right treatment for this please read?
    I have diagnosed with social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder, ialso have ocd, all of which causes depression. I get mixed reviews, some people will tell me to ''talk to your doctor'', which means getting medicine, then others say medicine is wrong. They also make it seem like it is best to get over these problems on your own but nothing has helped so far. I also see a lot of people say these neurosis are not real. why is that and do you think it is all true? Im starting to think so, that if you are shy and nervous and have crazy thoughts and feel bad all the time that just means you are weird and not a good person and you have to deal with it... Im almost 20 and I lost all my friends and can't get a job or anything because of this and believe me I have tried to change but my mind gets in the way. is medicine for it really so bad? Everyone even my parents make me feel guilty for wanting to try it...

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my depression?
    Warning: Wall of text

    This is honestly getting out of control. My antidepressants aren't working and they never have worked! I've tried to talk to a counselor before, two of them, supposedly the some of the best in my area. Bull. All the first on did is ask me how my day was, I told her and then we would sit in an awkward silence that bothered me. When I mentioned that I wanted to die she shipped me off to the emergency room to stay overnight. Yes, it is true that I want to die but this isn't anything new! I've wanted to die for years now, but I just don't have the courage to do it.
    Don't think that I'm over reacting to this because I'm not. I'm tired of people saying that I am. "Oh she's just a teenager, they all go through this" and "I understand what you're going through" is what they say. No, they don't understand and they never will. Did they grow up with an alcoholic father and an emotionally abusive family? Did they grow up taunted throughout school because they were quiet?
    Guys, I need some serious help here. I don't want to do anything anymore. I can't think of a reason to try in life because we're all going to die in the end. I'm so angry all the time, and I freak out at the littlest things. I want to kill someone! Not someone specific that made me angry, just SOMEONE! I want to see their pain, I want to see the moment they realize that the world is a terrible and crude place, that humans are sick, disgusting creatures that spread like a virus and multiply like rabbits. I harbor a lot of hate for the race of man, and nothing is going to change that.
    I realize that I'm not quite right in the head according to society. I would like your opinion people of Yahoo Answers. Should I get some help? Would it even work? I doubt that it would. I want to stop this feeling of guilt, anger, and sadness. I want to be once again ignorant to the world, the horror.
    If you can advise what kind of person I should see or what kind of treatment I should have then that would be great. I've already tried Cognitive Behavioral Therapy twice and that that did nothing. They say I have Clinical Depression but I have my doubts. I believe I also suffer from GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) and maybe even some Social Anxiety. I let some anger out.
    If anyone wants to know, I'm on 30mg of Paxil and 30mg of Cymbalta. They tried to put me on 60mg of Cymbalta but I had a bad reaction to it and started having panic attacks.

    • ANSWER:
      It really sounds like your family is not functional, but please, don't say whats the point. You are mad, and probably blaming them. Im not saying it's not their fault, because it probably is. Don't let yourself fall because of other people's mistakes. Just think, there IS a reason to live. Graduate high school and collage so you can escape. What i mean by that is just give yourself a chance to start your life over. Make it your own. Leave all of this sh*t behind and surround yourself with genuinely good people (they ARE out there).
      You can email me if you ever need someone to talk to.

  28. QUESTION:
    Teen Who Is Depressed: What Kind Of Treatment Should I Seek?
    Things that have happened lately:
    Bad breakup with my ex boyfriend
    Found out my best girl friend was in on the lies with my ex
    Had to completely stop talking to all my ex-friends
    Had to make all new friends
    My mom has been having health issues
    She had surgery and found out she has anxiety disorder
    She takes pills for it, but she is still ERRRRR!
    My mom and I have begun to clash since I started college
    She won't let me go out when I want to although I have a tutoring job
    And even when I had a normal job, she got my money and I went out maybe once a month
    She is always in my grill about guys
    She always asks who I am texting or IMing and what we're talking about
    She prints out my text records everyday to keep tabs on me
    She makes me text her throughout the day to tell her exactly where I am
    She gripes at me for playing video games and calls me immature
    She will wake up and always ask who I am talking to if I am on the computer, like I am a criminal
    She accuses me of doing bad things if I try to leave the Wifi on and go to my bedroom with my laptop (such as skyping guys, talking to guys she has forbidden me to talk to, etc) and I don't do any of those. If anything I IM my friends.

    Her biggest complaint is me being on the computer a lot at nighttime, but when your mom won't let you go anywhere, you don't have a boyfriend, and no one to talk to and you are depressed because your mom is always on your back and the fact that you're lonely :( You feel like the internet is your only escape. Your only connection to the outside world.

    Yes, I am a student in college and drive a little ways to get there (and thus that is the small time in which I am out of the house), but I think living in a single-parent home is getting to me. Our house is small and school is the only social interaction I get. 2 weeks ago was the first time I had been out with friends in two months.

    I just have highs and lows. And I feel like I can't talk to my mom anymore. She says that 2 hours of repetitive texting between a guy and a girl means something is up and it is not friendship? What the heck? NO IT DOESN'T! AHHHHHHHHHHH!

    She is trying to control every aspect of my life (I am almost 19) and I feel myself getting frustrated with her and smart-mouthing her when she says something inquisitive or controlling, and thus landing me in deeper crap. What kind of treatment do you think I should seek? I can't handle holding this depression inside anymore :'(

    And, I am a 4.0 student, but I am a horrible child to my mom.

    • ANSWER:
      You're not a horrible child. She's controlling. I suggest moving out, you're old enough to. Do you have a job? If so, save up as much as you can and get your own place. If not, find a friend you can live with until you can get a job/your own place. Go to the doctor sometime after/before school and ask for depression medication. I hope everything works out for you[:

  29. QUESTION:
    Borderline Personality Disorder?
    Having researched this on the web (I know, I shouldn't try and self-diagnose) I was wondering if I may have Bpd.

    I feel empty for a large amount of time, it's as if I'm hollow. I just don't have the motivation for anything, even things (like future career) that I desperately want. I just go through stages of nothingness, sometimes over the smallest thing and it can lead to severe reactions. I've self-harmed several times (I burn myself as I can always pass it off as an accident & I've also scrubbed away layers of skin on my hand before). I've also contemplated Suicide because I don't want to live like this anymore.

    I've also got wierd people relationships. I'm a very clingy friend (I'm an only child so I've always felt the need to have friends if I want to be with people.) but I easily get hurt if they do something, like invite another friend along when we're going out or do something without me & I get major abandonment feelings. I swing from being really happy with my family to hating them and shutting them out over the littlest thing.
    I also get used by friends a lot, as I moved to Secondary school I had no friends & spent the first few years following people who were only my friend when they had no-one better. I always feel like second-best with my friends as if they always prefer others yet I constantly want to be with them & be the best friend they've got.

    I've low self-esteem & very bad confidence issues, sometimes where I feel a bit of social anxiety- I had panic attacks before I started my job & have nearly broken down in public places before.
    I've never had a proper relationship with a guy because no guys ever like me as I'm not pretty enough, & the one guy who I did go out with I dumped after 4 hours because I was terrified of being hurt.
    I've been in treatment for Anorexia for the last year (which has been hell) because I'm physically not capable of telling other people how I feel.

    Sorry for the essay, I hope I could have some advice :)

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like Borderline Personality to me Suicidal ideations, self harm, and sadness are normally seen in people with depression, however, what is most striking is the fear of abadonment which is very common in Borderlines that differs from other personality disorders!(i know because i have it too). but to be sure, you should consult a mental health professional. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is specifically designed for Borderlines...if you have it you should check into it...it has been very helpful for me!

  30. QUESTION:
    I have a problem with organization and I can't stop a task until I finish.?
    I work for the federal government and my boss says that I can't stay past 4:45. I physically can't stop what I'm doing and then begin organizing the tedious little time keeping mechanism (sheer pain). And then I go through rituals.making sure everything is locked up.

    I take:

    Klonopin 3 mgs
    Zoloft 100 mgs
    Wellbutrin 300 mgs
    Seroquel (night) 300 mgs
    Adderall (day) 60 mgs.

    This line up is pretty much, "Doc, give me the whole refrigerator". But it's brought my mind down from 120 mph to about 5. I no longer suffer in the minute and even second. Time is irrelevant.

    But I still have pervasive issues. Obsessive compulsion and problems with tedious tasks.

    I believe I am quite capable of completing my work and doing well on my job, but I need some unaccounted for time in order to get things back up to speed. But accounting for every second of your day by applying it to cases, which by the hand, is limited to the expected time of an action. So you may work an eight hour day and still not have enough time to put on the sheet.

    People lie and work/game the system. Me, I have little experience in the science of deception. I tried it and failed miserably , it was so obvious.

    I work harder than everyone in the office, but am finding myself in this predicament.

    My first job, I was not medicated, but even if I was having problems with the job at the end (not to mention a fall out with a certain supervisor). The majority of the organization wanted to keep me. But I was on empty after a year of sitting in front of a computer with ADHD, Manic Depression, Paranoia, Social Anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsion Disorder.

    I know realize that the paranoia is separate from the social anxiety. Because the Zoloft (only SSRI approved for the treatment of SA by the FDA) doesn't relieve it. The only thing that makes the social paranoia go away is the Klonopin.

    I'm always thinking that someone is thinking of me. Especially when it is silent. This signals insecurity, but yet I'm a desultorily a mad man, especially when provoked due to the WWII super soldier elixir mixed with regular rage.

    Though, I am safe. Above all, do no harm. I've submitted to Jesus and God and realized that I needed Him more than he needed me. So if if Jesus/God is a fantasy than he is equivalent to a prison cell in which I am in and in possession of the key; holding myself against my own will.

    I do not plan to come out. Because then I would be a danger to the world. A public enemy.

    This started with a simple subject and it turned into a novel. But if anyone can give me that "Golden Answer" I've been looking for my entire life, give it a go.

    I've already concluded that everything in the world is connected, woven delicately. And at certain longitudes and latitudes, God may bless you with the opportunity of two things coming together.

    I thought that "All connections had been made" during my first psychotic episode. And I will never view the world in the same manner again.

    Jesus said, that if you keep the first two commandments, "This Do, and you will live". The second is to love your neighbor, but the first is to love God with all your heart.

    I, and few or many, I'm not sure, chose to fear, love, abide and serve man. Me so, and probably many so with the friendship between myself and my brother.

    I took on all the guilt of our failed relationship and I let it make me weak with a high sense of integrity and a long bought with suffering.

    But I finally saw through him in July 2009. The Adderall and the Zoloft (another stim), plus getting the best thing in my imagination that could happen to me, sent me passed mania into psychosis. Where my eyes burnt and anxieties and fears tranquilized. I contemplated to stay in this mode and not tell my doctor since I can function highly psychotic without anyone even knowing. But as I wrote down the rules to stay in this state of mind: find an egoless person to feed from, only be perfect when you want to be perfect, understand that everyone hates you, abused you, and have been jealous for so long.

    These Hitlerish things conflicted with the Bible's message so I abandoned the idea within a second.

    When I awoke, it had become clear that my brother was feeding off of me my entire life. In younger age, more boldly with verbal jabs at my self esteem and in older age, refined mechanisms that were wordless and with subtle, split second decisions, that he knew bothered me. And I was never calling him on it. Nevertheless, the rage grew in me so until my cup ran over and spilled onto the ground. I confronted him and pretty much terrified them in some way and they left my house because they were not comfortable around someone taking anti-psychotics (I drove myself to the docs office in full psychosis and sat and held a coherent conversation with him; I'll never forget it although it is a ghost of a memory along with every other event in my life).

    I was born Christian and instantly d
    I was born Christian and instantly drawn to several movies I had seen: There Will Be Blood especially. Unknown ones to you: Trigun and Kikaider (anime).

    TWBB, at first I thought was anti-Christian, but during psychosis I realized that Daniel Plainview was the personification of the Son of Man. A reference in The bible in which Jesus used to refer to himself and others (Daniel and Elijah).

    Son of Man became a fixation for some reason because I was being drawn to the phrase everywhere I went. The Bible basically says that the Son of Man is found righteous in spite of his flaws and his Judgment takes place before death. He is found righteous before God even though he is as damaging as a blade.

    A weapon, per say, for God. Whether by sword or pen.

    This is a diatribe. I admit. But yet it still is a question. I don't want to fail at my job and they seem willing to work with my disabilities if all else fails operating within the norm. I get cognitive dissonance when I stay late.

    speak.

    • ANSWER:
      I also like to finish a task I start...but sometimes it is unrealistic...so I ask is there some creative way you can think of...to allow yourself to let it go? I wish you the best.

  31. QUESTION:
    I've changed completely?
    In grade 9 I had an extremely traumatic experience that has made me clinically depressed for 2 years ( and btw no I haven't had treatment my mom just told me to "snap out of it") and when I came back to school for high school I found that I have complete changed. I found that i just really don't care anymore about anything. I stopped contact with best friends that ive known for 4 years and it hasn't hurt me at all. I've started hanging out with a new crowd of people who I really like (they smoke cigarettes, weed and drink) and the normal me would try and stay away from these people but I now find myself hangin with them everyday Smoking and sometimes skipping class ( dont worry I still do quite well in school and I'm 16 btw) and I've also got diagnosed with several other psychological disorders like OCD and extreme social anxiety (to the point where I cant leave the house, an i start crying if I do) even my mom has started to notice that I've changed, she recently found out that I smoke and she says that if I don't stop I will die and I told her (honestly) that I don't care if I die and she says that I have a sickness and that I may not live for much longer if I keep this way. And I know that if I don't get help I will end up in a mental hospital but I still am not going in for treatment. ( all this was triggered by something that happened to me in grade 9) btw sorry for this question being so long, oh and don't comment about my smoking I know ill have a short life, but I'm not gonna stop.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you seek counseling. I think it would be good for you to talk to someone. There are many health hotlines which you may call to find someone to listen to your problems, be supportive, and offer assistance to you for where to find additional help.

      RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
      http://www.rainn.org/
      RAINN online hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
      RAINN 24/7 phone hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE(4673)

      National Domestic Violence Hotline. http://www.thehotline.org/
      NDVH: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)

  32. QUESTION:
    what do i do now, how can i cope or handle it?
    im 31, have suffered lots of adversity in life including dysfunctional family , abuse and bullying in earlier life, a really harsh life up till now. ive survived this far through ' inner strength ' but missed out on a normal life of building relationships - being employed - getting qualifications and most other things etc.

    i have a prison record 11 years back and also been in a mental hospital 11 years back.

    the only person ive been very close to in life is my mum, although the relationships has been very argumentative had countless aggressive fall outs through out the years etc.

    i have been diagnosed with various personality disorders, including bpd, ive made great improvements from the way i once was, with paranoia , aggressive mood swings, aggressive outbursts etc, getting nearly in serious trouble in public etc.

    but still have a long way to go, ive never had the right therapy either , im hopefully now seeing an occupational therapist and hopefully on the way to receiving the efficient ' treatment ' - psychotherapy.

    im pursuing another independent assessment for anxiety disorders which i believe ive had symptoms of for years : ptsd , ocd , and generalised anxiety disorder.

    i have tried my best to leave no stone unturned and seek help for my chronic problems of paranoia , aggression, depressive mood changes etc.
    life is still very lonely and harsh , im having my kitchen, bathroom refurbished through no choice of mine, because i live in a council apartment. - workmen and rubble everywhere , their not finished until another week.

    ive lived in a 1 bedroom apartment for 6 years on disability , owning very few possessions, trying to hold it together - to seek the efficient therapy...lonely , no social support network, except my mother.

    my ankle was operated on months ago to repair torn ankle ligaments in a bad fall, now i have to attend physio appointments.

    i have severe agoraphobia, and have lived as a recluse for many years.
    ive always felt ostracised and shut out of society by people. my paranoia enhances that feeling to.

    my mum has always loved my and tried to do her best for me , but she had a harsh life herself and i think had psychological problems.

    she has been staying with me for many months because of my injured ankle..and the refurbishment work being carried out in my flat.

    we have had many rows, relating to my mood swings, and difficult feelings and her depression to, and her difficulty staying with me.

    tonight at 10pm we have had 1 of many explosive rows, about my general situation and paranoia, and like often, she has walked out my flat and left me to deal with everything she was helping me with...especially with my condition and agoraphobia.

    i said to her '' please dont go '' and i i will ring her a taxi, but she ignored me, said '' no, i dont want a taxi '' - and walked out leaving me late at night.

    she has left on a sad bitter note, because of our heated argument today about my life and my struggles, i got heated and emotional.

    i feel very sorry now, ive worked hard to control that for years. made progress.

    she is ageing ,59, had recent health investigations with her kidneys, she got the all clear , but been very stressful for her....i feel desperately sad and alone now - i shouldn't of argued but should of found another way to work through it..its only afterward i see.

    im here desperately alone to face the chaos, which is my life, worrying about my departed mum, wondering home late at night , to her lonely apartment.

    sorry, i know this is long, but -

    how do i handle this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear of your distress.

      Here are some ideas:

      1. Try Byron Katie. Her worksheets are on her website and her videos are on youtube.

      2. If you get panic attacks, sign up for the free emails on the panicaway website.

      3. Keep two journals. One for writing down all your feelings, this is really good for clearing out your anxieties and getting all your war onto paper, you can delete it straight after if you need to, it's just good to really see your stressful thinking. And the other can be your gratitude journal - write down all the things you are grateful for that happened today.

      4. Read "Happiness is a Choice" by Barry Neils Kauffman. Here is a link about a girl who was suicidal and came out of her depression. http://www.option.org/custom:single,595

      5. Read "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz. He discusses what he calls the mitote - the thousand voices in your head that can cause so much fear and confusion in all of us. He teaches how to deal with these images, voices and fears.

      6. Try reading Patrick Holford's "Low GL diet" - blood sugar imbalances can cause havoc with your body and symptoms include depression, mood swings, tiredness, drowsiness after eating, cravings for sweet foods, headaches, heart palpitations, anxiety, irritability, agrressive outbursts, crying spells, excessive sweating, dizziness and trembling.

      7. If you are lacking in Vitamin B, You can suffer the following symptoms:
      Feeling unreal, Hearing your own thoughts, Anxiety and Inner tension, Inability to think straight, Suspicion of people, Good pain tolerance, seeing or hearing things abnormally, having delusions and frequent mood swings. Read Patrick Holford's Optimum Nutrition for the Mind or Low GL diet - this might help!

      8. Talk and seek out any people you can confide in. Helplines are usually free and usually leave no mark
      on the phonebill

      Best wishes.

      xxx

  33. QUESTION:
    What do i do now, how can i cope or handle it?
    im 31, have suffered lots of adversity in life including dysfunctional family , abuse and bullying in earlier life, a really harsh life up till now. ive survived this far through ' inner strength ' but missed out on a normal life of building relationships - being employed - getting qualifications and most other things etc.

    i have a prison record 11 years back and also been in a mental hospital 11 years back.

    the only person ive been very close to in life is my mum, although the relationships has been very argumentative had countless, aggressive fall outs through out the years etc.

    i have been diagnosed with various personality disorders, including bpd, ive made great improvements from the way i once was, with paranoia , aggressive mood swings, aggressive outbursts etc, getting nearly in serious trouble in public etc.

    but still have a long way to go, ive never had the right therapy either , im hopefully now seeing an occupational therapist and hopefully on the way to receiving the efficient ' treatment ' - psychotherapy.

    im pursuing another independent assessment for anxiety disorders which i believe ive had symptoms of for years : ptsd , ocd , and generalised anxiety disorder.

    i have tried my best to leave no stone unturned and seek help for my chronic problems of paranoia , aggression, depressive mood changes etc.

    life is still very lonely and harsh , im having my kitchen, bathroom refurbished through no choice of mine, because i live in a council apartment. - workmen and rubble everywhere , their not finished until another week.

    ive lived in a 1 bedroom apartment for 6 years on disability , owning very few possessions, trying to hold it together - to seek the efficient therapy...lonely , no social support network, except my mother.

    my ankle was operated on months ago to repair torn ankle ligaments in a bad fall, now i have to attend physio appointments.

    i have severe agoraphobia, and have lived as a recluse for many years.
    ive always felt ostracised and shut out of society by people. my paranoia enhances that feeling to.

    my mum has always loved me and tried to do her best for me , but she had a harsh life herself and i think had psychological problems.

    she has been staying with me for many months because of my injured ankle..and the refurbishment work being carried out in my flat.

    we have had many rows, relating to my mood swings, and difficult feelings and her depression to, and her difficulty staying with me.

    tonight at 10pm we have had 1 of many explosive rows, about my general situation and paranoia, and like often, she has walked out my flat and left me to deal with everything she was helping me with...especially with my condition and agoraphobia.

    i said to her '' please dont go '' and i i will ring her a taxi, but she ignored me, said '' no, i dont want a taxi '' - and walked out leaving me late at night.

    she has left on a sad bitter note, because of our heated argument today about my life and my struggles, i got heated and emotional.

    i feel very sorry now, ive worked hard to control that for years. made progress.

    she is ageing ,59, had recent health investigations with her kidneys, she got the all clear , but been very stressful for her....i feel desperately sad and alone now - i shouldn't of argued but should of found another way to work through it..its only afterward i see.

    im here desperately alone to face the chaos, which is my life, worrying about my departed mum, wondering home late at night , to her lonely apartment.

    sorry, i know this is long, but -

    how do i handle this ?

    i feel very sad, im very close to my mum, always have been, i feel to blame, like a bad son, very bitter, - im now completley alone to face my immense life challenges alone.

    • ANSWER:
      Your strongest position is your power of choice. Gratitude is the open door to abundance. If you want more in your life and more of your life to make sense, give thanks for the parts that already do make sense to you.

      We get all kinds of things dropped off at our doorsteps, but how we respond to them and how we take it is up to us. We have the wonderful power of choice as to whether these things are going to be opportunities or disasters.

      It is very controlling of anyone to saddle you with a bad mood. We must learn to side-step others when they do not treat us well. Our self-esteem has to be solid enough to enable us to realise we deserve more, somehow. Every single time you do something to improve the quality of your life you free up a place in the Universe where more prosperity can find its way to you. This is a universal law: Nature loves a vacuum. If you have anything in your life which is "stuck," get free of it, give it away, put it out there, let go of it, and then watch the Universe respond to you.

      By Enduring, We Conquer.

      Sometimes, there is no fixed answer. All we are called upon is to simply to get through the circumstances we are in. By Enduring We Conquer. Just get through it. No fancy answers. Answers can sometimes be like doors slammed in our faces. The idea is to keep your life wide open so you allow yourself the freedom of deciding what you will put up with and what you will not put up with. This places you squarely in the centre of your own life again, and no longer a victim.

      By Enduring, We Conquer.

      I met and wrote a few answers for you all the way back in 2006, when I first signed on with Yahoo! Answers. It was actually in February of 2006. I will tell you now what I told you then: believe in who you are; believe in your inner visions; believe in your own precision. The rest of the world can come and go, and all you need to be is like the Rock of Gibraltar. You strike me as the kind of a person who walks in when the whole world has walked out. You are one of a kind and the reason your life is so difficult is because you are so strong. The reason you have become so strong is because your life is so difficult. You are being forged. When the swordsmith is finished making the sword, he drops into water and it sizzles for a few minutes, making a wonderful sound. It is finished! Your only task is to make sure your sword is very sharp. That way you will never have to use it. The power of choice and of personal containment give you the freedom you have been looking for all these years. You have nothing to prove and no one to impress. Also, when you do not announce your strengths, you have the added power of anonymity. This is to be special.

      BY ENDURING WE CONQUER

      (This was Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton's family motto.)

  34. QUESTION:
    at 31 , how do you cope with loneliness and without any support system?
    this happened a couple of days ago and its my situation in general.

    im 31, have suffered lots of adversity in life . ive survived this far through ' inner strength ' but missed out on a normal life of building relationships - being employed - getting qualifications and most other things etc.

    i have a prison record 11 years back and also been in a mental hospital 11 years back.

    the only person ive been very close to in life is my mum, although the relationships has been very argumentative had countless, aggressive fall outs through out the years etc.

    i have been diagnosed with various personality disorders, including bpd, ive made great improvements from the way i once was, with paranoia , aggressive mood swings, aggressive outbursts etc, getting nearly in serious trouble in public etc.

    but still have a long way to go, ive never had the right therapy either , im hopefully now seeing an occupational therapist and hopefully on the way to receiving the efficient ' treatment ' - psychotherapy.

    im pursuing another independent assessment for anxiety disorders which i believe ive had symptoms of for years : ptsd , ocd , and generalised anxiety disorder.

    i have tried my best to leave no stone unturned and seek help for my chronic problems of paranoia , aggression, depressive mood changes etc.

    life is still very lonely and harsh , im having my kitchen, bathroom refurbished through no choice of mine, because i live in a council apartment. - workmen and rubble everywhere , their not finished until another week.

    ive lived in a 1 bedroom apartment for 6 years on disability , owning very few possessions, trying to hold it together - to seek the efficient therapy...lonely , no social support network, except my mother.

    my ankle was operated on months ago to repair torn ankle ligaments in a bad fall, now i have to attend physio appointments.

    i have severe agoraphobia, and have lived as a recluse for many years.
    ive always felt ostracised and shut out of society by people. my paranoia enhances that feeling to.

    my mum has always loved me and tried to do her best for me , but she had a harsh life herself and i think had psychological problems.

    she has been staying with me for many months because of my injured ankle..and the refurbishment work being carried out in my flat.

    we have had many rows, relating to my mood swings, and difficult feelings and her depression to, and her difficulty staying with me.

    tonight at 10pm we have had 1 of many explosive rows, about my general situation and paranoia, and like often, she has walked out my flat and left me to deal with everything she was helping me with...especially with my condition and agoraphobia.

    i said to her '' please dont go '' and i i will ring her a taxi, but she ignored me, said '' no, i dont want a taxi '' - and walked out leaving me late at night.

    she has left on a sad bitter note, because of our heated argument today about my life and my struggles, i got heated and emotional.

    i feel very sorry now, ive worked hard to control that for years. made progress.

    she is ageing ,59, had recent health investigations with her kidneys, she got the all clear , but been very stressful for her....i feel desperately sad and alone now - i shouldn't of argued but should of found another way to work through it..its only afterward i see.

    im here desperately alone to face the chaos, which is my life, worrying about my departed mum, wondering home late at night , to her lonely apartment.

    sorry, i know this is long, but -

    how do i handle this ?

    i feel very sad, im very close to my mum, always have been, i feel to blame, like a bad son, very bitter, - im now completley alone to face my immense life challenges alone.

    i would appreciate sincere, helpful advice.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Clearly you are self-aware and that is a good starting point and you realise I hope that things could be a lot worse.
      You need to draw a line under today.

      Firstly get down to the docs and get your situation on record, you need support and you need to get yourself out of this mindset of dependency on your mother as that single point of support.
      Your mother as you have said is an ageing woman with problems of her own she is NOT a healthcare specialist least of all one qualified in dealing with problems of your complex nature.
      All that can be expected of a mother is that she loves you. She is not your carer, your girlfriend, your wife, your analyst, your doctor, your homehelp, your pick me up when your having a crisis.....you need a genuine help team and that will come from a mental health and social work support team and local community nurse and psyche nurse etc.
      They will help you by coming to see you in person, suggesting certain rehabilitation things to do which will be in the form of classes where you will learn new skills and meet new people slowly in a safe environment, you will learn new coping skills for instance if you have panic attacks or have poor social skills, anger management problems etc. Some of these are done by what is known as CBT cognitive behavior therapy. You will be allocated a psychologist/psychiatrist who will oversee your progress and all of this will help you develop and mature and normalise your behaviour so that you can feel relaxed and at ease with yourself and others in situations of a day to day nature.
      By going to your doctor/social worker or whoever is your current contact and asking for these things you will be being pro-active and if you are truly being genuine about doing this and making the small but necessary changes to the benefit of your life longer term then your mother will see this. Do not ask of her what she cannot give.
      Let her take this step back for your own and for her own sake too, its called giving her space and letting the dust settle.Equally she will be aware of your range of problems and will be more forgiving of you than you are of yourself so let this go and as I said start anew.

      Each of us is ultimately alone in the world but we can reach out to another in small ways. When you see your mother next apologise and smile, a smile is the shortest distance between 2 people.
      I hope my reaching out to you as a stranger in this small way will make some small difference.

      best wishes.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there financial help for paying for high school?
    My question might seem abit odd, and alot of people will probably tell me to suck it up and get to it, so I'll try to explain the best I can..

    I am earning very low income right now due to a disorder I was diagnosed with that made working a steady job much more difficult. I have social anxiety and avoidant personality. I am currently undergoing treatment right now.

    I wish to return to high school and get my diploma.. if nothing else, just a GED. I cannot get any help from my mother due to the fact that she is on disability herself and my father passed away a few years ago. I'm 19 if age matters.

    If anyone can help, I'd much appreciate.. thank you very much.
    .I wish it were free. Right now tuition will be around ,000. I try to work what I can and earn and save, but life itself isn't cheap so that does not always work out properly.
    I'm not sure if this matters, but its not an actual high school. Its more of an "adult diploma" deal. You do so many packets to make up for your classes and you get credit based on completion.

    • ANSWER:
      Check with your school office. There should be a program to help pay for school and normally it'll include additional help with test, class and lunch fees.

  36. QUESTION:
    help me please is for tomorrow.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank?
    2)which of these is not a typical sign of bulimia?
    a-eating in private
    b-cycles of weight gain and loss
    c-eating too much food too quickly
    d-extreme weight loss

    my answer is correct is b-cycles of weight gain and loss

    3-people who have bulimia ............ .
    a-are often treated first in a hospital because of extreme weight loss
    b-often deny there is a problem
    c-are often too ashamed of their behavior to seek help
    d-don't need outside treatment because they can stop by themselves

    my answer is correct is d-don't need outside treatment because they can stop by themselves

    4-people with binge - eating disorder are at greater risk of ........ .
    a-colon cancer
    b-diabetes and high blood pressure
    c-appendicitis
    d-liver and kidney dysfunction

    my answer is correct is a-colon cancer

    6-a physician who can diagnose and treat mental disorders is called a ......... .
    a-massage therapist
    b-psychologist
    c-social worker
    d-psychiatrist

    my answer is correct is c-social worker

    9-what occurs during psychotherapy?
    a-a person talks to a therapist.
    b-a person treats his or her own symptoms.
    c-a person creates a problem
    d-a person gets a physical examination.

    my answer is correct is a-a person talks to a therapist.

    10-which should you do if you think you might be suffering symptoms of a mental disorder?
    a-go on with your life
    b-share your problems with a trusted adult
    c-engage in self- injury
    d-overcome the problems on your own

    my answer is correct is d-overcome the problems on your own

    11-if a friend tells you he or she is thinking about suicide and asks you not to tell anyone, what should you do?
    a-notify an adult that your friend is in danger.
    b-don't tell anyone.
    c-dare your friend to go through with it.
    d-assume your friend is joking.

    my answer is correct is c-dare your friend to go through with it.

    12-what is the third - leading cause of death among young people?
    a-homicide
    b-cancer
    c-suicide
    d-diabetes
    my answer is correct is a-homicide

    13-a series of suicides that occur within one peer group is known as ...... .
    a-risk factors
    b-cluster suicides
    c-self - injury pacts
    d-mood disorders

    my answer is correct is d-mood disorders

    14-which term describes an unhealthy way to cope with emotions, stress, or traumatic events?
    a-self-injury
    b-medication
    c-self-esteem
    d-therapy

    my answer is correct is b-medication

    15-which is a major risk factor for suicide?
    a-phobia
    b-biofeedback
    c-depression
    d-relaxation
    my answer is correct is c-depression

    16-which best approximates the number of Americans that experience symptoms of a mental disorder each year?
    a-more than 50 thousand
    b-more than 500 thousand
    c-more than 5 thousand
    d-more than 50 million

    my answer is correct is d-more than 50 million

    17-which describes a condition that can be identified severe disturbances in thinking, mood, awareness,and behavior?
    a-depression
    b-obsession
    c-schizophrenia
    d-anxiety
    my answer is correct is a-depression

    18-which term describes people who experience extreme emotions that make it difficult to function well in their daily lives?
    a-a mood disorder
    b-phobias
    c-attention deficit
    d-hyperactivity

    my answer is correct is d-hyperactivity

    19-mental health experts are trained to recognize .............. .
    a-abnormal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
    b-abnormal physical characteristics
    c-the kinds of jobs people should have
    d-catastrophic situations

    my answer is correct is b-abnormal physical characteristics

    20-which is not a description of an anxiety disorder?
    a-feeling scared before play tryouts
    b-feeling scared to ride in elevators
    c-feeling afraid to sleep because of continuous nightmares
    d-feeling panicked every time you see a dog

    my answer is correct is d-feeling panicked every time you see a dog

    • ANSWER:
      I would say my answer is same like you, except number 1, may be different...

  37. QUESTION:
    heey, can you please read my speech about phobias?
    I want you to read my speech about phobias.
    Its not good so dont expect alot :P
    and if you want you can give me ideas to add or edit if there is a spelling error and missing a word. Feel Free !!

    What if I dropped a big hairy tarantula down your shirt or took you on a plane so high up in the air that the cars and people look like little ants? What if I turned off the lights and left you alone in the darkness. Will you panic? Shriek? Even collapse? Think of your worst fear. Imagine it . Is it painful for you ? Do you want it to go away? Good morning/afternoon Miss Bosnjak and fellow classmates that scaring you isn’t just a fear. It is stronger than a fear. It is a phobia.

    What is a phobia? A phobia is a fancy name for fear. This isn’t just a normal kind of fear like hearing thunder or passing by a growling dog. A phobia is a very strong fear that doesn’t go away. If you have a phobia that means you will be afraid of something every time you see it or experience it.

    Phobias can affect peoples lives. People with agoraphobia may have troubles leaving the house, meeting new people and having a job. Depression is very common in people who have an anxiety disorder. Depression may also cause them to do suicide.

    Here is the top three common phobias:
    1. Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders ( a-rack-no-phobia)
    2.Claustrophobia: Fear of enclosed spaces
    3.Necrophobia: Fear of dead things and dead itself

    Here is the top three uncommon phobia:
    1. Ambulophobia: Fear of working
    2.Barophobia: Fear of gravity
    3.Levophobia: Fear of objects to the left

    Phobias have three categories:
    Simple or situational phobia
    Animal phobias. Animal phobias are fears caused by an animal or insect. For example: snakes, spiders, rodents, and dogs.
    Natural environment phobias. Natural environment phobias are fears caused by objects found in nature. For example heights, storms, water, and dark.
    Situational phobias. Situational phobias are fears triggered by a specific situation. Example enclosed spaces , elevators, flying, dentists, driving, tunnels, and bridges.
    Blood-Injection or Injury phobia. Blood-injection or injury phobia involves fear of blood, fear or injury, or a fear of shots or another medical procedure.

    Social phobia
    Social phobia occurs when there is a fear of social situations, such as small groups of people at parties. People with social phobia have no confidence with people they don't know, and fear that strangers are being critical of them. They may also fear that they will behave in an embarrassing way, such as blushing or shaking in public.

    Agoraphobia
    Agoraphobia is the fear of being in any situation that might cause a panic attack or which escape may be difficult

    When you have a phobia and you are forced or have to go through with it that person will get nervous or have a panic attack. A panic attack is when a person starts to sweat, shake and breath heavily. A panic attack can cause someone to think something awful is going to happen, that he or she can't escape, or they might lose control.

    Treatment
    If the object of fear is easy to avoid the person with that fear has no need to seek treatment. One way to treat a phobia is to expose yourself to that object or situation. This is called behavior therapy, which is one of the best ways to treat phobias. Another way to cure a phobia is to take drugs or medications. You can also take relaxation and breathing exercises which help reduce anxiety symptoms.

    Everyone has a phobia. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. It could be spiders, heights, and even pencils. it’s a part of everyday’s life.
    its 3:16 min but it has to be 3-5 min and i'm scared i will talk to fast.
    So if you can help me add more or help me on the ending.

    • ANSWER:
      don't say 'phobia is a fancy word for fear' say something like phobia means fear in latin.

      people don't 'do suicide' they commit suicide.

      list the kinds of phobias in one sentence (you seem to have five, btw, not three) then list examples of them in the same order.

      'When you have a phobia and you are forced or have to go through with it that person...' try: when a person is forced to be associated with their phobia....

      and in general combine some short sentences to make it flow. i think it's excellant besides that :)

  38. QUESTION:
    Psychology Questions Part 2?
    I'm teaching myself about psychology using a book, but the answers to the self-assessments aren't included. So I was hoping you could help me figure out the right answers to these questions:

    1. Eclecticism is a psychological approach that draws upon many theories to understand the person as a whole. What does this statement suggest?
    a.No one theory can completely explain every aspect of human behavior.
    b. Eclecticism is a complicated approach and often contains contradictions.
    c. Since psychology is not an exact science, psychologists rarely agree on theories.
    d. Human behavior is difficult to study, and theories are often not based on research.

    2. Max wants to know how people understand, diagnose, and solve problems through mental processes. Which subfield of psychology would Max be most interested in?
    a. clinical psychology
    b. cognitive psychology
    c. developmental psychology
    d. social psychology

    3. Sal became interested in psychology when his friend was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Which subfield of psychology would interest Sal the most?
    a. abnormal psychology
    b. cognitive psychology
    c. educational psychology
    d. social psychology

    4. Ms. Smith is a school psychologist. She wants to describe how the top-performing students in her school deal with stress. Which method would she most likely use to obtain detailed information from these students?
    a. correlational study
    b. double-blind experiment
    c. interview method
    d. naturalistic observation

    5. Which option is an example of naturalistic observation?
    a. a researcher follows the development of individuals over their lifespans
    b. a researcher writes a paper about patients in a clinical therapeutic setting
    c. a researcher gives medication to one group and a placebo to another group
    d. a researcher records findings about children in a school setting

    6. Which statement is true about industrial-organizational psychologists?
    a. They apply psychological principles to the workplace.
    b. They treat mental disorders like anxiety and depression.
    c. They give psychological tests to assist with learning problems.
    d. They prescribe medications to their patients as necessary.

    7. Dan is interested in becoming a psychologist or a medical doctor. Which profession would best give him the opportunity to practice both psychology and medicine?
    a. Industrial-organizational psychology would allow him to apply psychological principles by training hospital employees.
    b. Clinical psychology would allow him to get a doctorate degree before he could treat mentally ill patients in a clinical setting.
    c. Psychiatry would allow him to specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness and give medication to patients.
    d. Mental health counseling would allow him to listen to problems of individuals, couples, and groups in a mental health facility.

    8. Your friend has an anxiety disorder. If you are to refer her to an expert, who would you go to for help?

    I. industrial-organizational psychologist
    II. psychiatrist
    III. clinical psychologist
    a. I
    b. II
    c. I and II
    d. II and III

    9. Which option best describes a correlation?
    a. A basketball player thinks that whenever she wears her gray socks, she performs better, so she recalls this association.
    b. A basketball player believes that wearing his favorite shoes causes him to score high in games, so it becomes a habit.
    c. More students have been coming to basketball games, so the team is encouraged to practice more, and the players begin performing better.
    d. The new basketball coach is superstitious, so the team members start noticing relationships between what they wear and how they perform in games.

    Thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well. I guess if you don't have the answer key that wouldn't be helpful. It is always good to check your answers, so I ll help you out assuming you already tried figuring out the answers to these questions.

      1.a.

      2.b

      3.a

      4.c. because she wants detailed information.

      5. d. naturalistic observation is when you observe things in a natural setting

      6.a. they apply psychology in practical applications like working .

      7. c

      8. d

      9. c

      Definitely try picking Myer's textbook and study guide. They will help you learn if you want to learn on your own. The study guide is specifically designed to help you learn the materials adn provide answers with reasons to it.

  39. QUESTION:
    Homework help please?
    I have researched these questions and can't come up with the answers. Please help me.

    1. Which statement is true about industrial-organizational psychologists?
    They apply psychological principles to the workplace.
    They treat mental disorders like anxiety and depression.
    They give psychological tests to assist with learning problems.
    They prescribe medications to their patients as necessary.

    2. Ms. Smith is a school psychologist. She wants to describe how the top-performing students in her school deal with stress. Which method would she most likely use to obtain detailed information from these students?

    correlational study
    double-blind experiment
    interview method
    naturalistic observation

    3. Which statement best explains the double-blind study?
    A researcher makes a hypothesis and follows the scientific method.
    Researchers observe both a control group and an experimental group.
    Researchers and participants don't know which participants are taking the placebo.
    A placebo is given to all of the research participants.

    4. Dan is interested in becoming a psychologist or a medical doctor. Which profession would best give him the opportunity to practice both psychology and medicine?
    Industrial-organizational psychology would allow him to apply psychological principles by training hospital employees.
    Clinical psychology would allow him to get a doctorate degree before he could treat mentally ill patients in a clinical setting.
    Psychiatry would allow him to specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness and give medication to patients.
    Mental health counseling would allow him to listen to problems of individuals, couples, and groups in a mental health facility.

    5. If you are a cognitivist explaining human behavior, which question would you be answering?
    How do moral and ethical values and beliefs influence behavior?
    How does the way a person processes information influence behavior?
    How does damage to specific areas of the brain affect behavior?
    How do punishments and rewards affect behavior?

    6. Which statement best explains the need for psychologists in schools?
    Students need encouragement to achieve their goals.
    Students experience learning and behavior problems.
    Teachers need help to discipline students.
    Teachers want to concentrate more on teaching.

    7. Which conflict type involves refusing to talk about situations or feelings and may lead to an emotional outburst?

    physical confrontation
    verbal confrontation
    avoidance
    agreeing

    8. A college dorm had several incidents of students falling into seizures after studying inside Room No. 13. Which option offers a psychoanalytic explanation for these occurrences?
    The incidents are a coincidence. The seizures are a result of epileptic attacks or other physical illness.
    Rumors of the incidents in this room remained in the students' subconscious and combined with the stress of exams to cause seizure-like symptoms.
    Those students have impaired brain functioning and should see a neurologist and a counselor.
    The students might be playing a prank to make us believe that this dorm is haunted. Some people will go to great lengths to trick other people.

    9. Which of the following professionals is a medical doctor?
    social worker
    psychiatrist
    psychologist
    counselor

    10. Which option best describes a correlation?
    A basketball player decides that wearing her gray socks does not affect the outcome of the games.
    A basketball player believes that wearing his favorite shoes causes him to score high in games, so it becomes a habit.
    A basketball player thinks that whenever she wears her gray socks, she performs better, so she recalls this association.
    The new basketball coach is superstitious, so the team members start noticing relationships between what they wear and how they perform in games.

    11. Len notices that the longer he has been friends with someone, the more similar their tastes in movies and clothes become. Which is the best explanation for this positive correlation?
    By coincidence, Len's long-time friends happen to be around whenever he wants to watch movies or shop for clothes.
    A mutual relationship like that shared by Len and his friends is a positive example of how friendships last.
    Len and his friends have had influences on each other's interests because they have shared many common experiences.
    The moments Len shares with his long-time friends are mostly positive because they rarely fight with each other over outfits or films.

    • ANSWER:
      I have researched these questions and can't come up with the answers. Please help me.

      1. Which statement is true about industrial-organizational psychologists?
      They apply psychological principles to the workplace.

      2. Ms. Smith is a school psychologist. She wants to describe how the top-performing students in her school deal with stress. Which method would she most likely use to obtain detailed information from these students?

      interview method

      3. Which statement best explains the double-blind study?
      Researchers and participants don't know which participants are taking the placebo.

      4. Dan is interested in becoming a psychologist or a medical doctor. Which profession would best give him the opportunity to practice both psychology and medicine?

      Psychiatry would allow him to specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness and give medication to patients.

      5. If you are a cognitivist explaining human behavior, which question would you be answering?

      How does the way a person processes information influence behavior?

      6. Which statement best explains the need for psychologists in schools?

      Students experience learning and behavior problems.

      7. Which conflict type involves refusing to talk about situations or feelings and may lead to an emotional outburst?

      avoidance

      8. A college dorm had several incidents of students falling into seizures after studying inside Room No. 13. Which option offers a psychoanalytic explanation for these occurrences?

      Rumors of the incidents in this room remained in the students' subconscious and combined with the stress of exams to cause seizure-like symptoms.

      9. Which of the following professionals is a medical doctor?

      psychiatrist

      10. Which option best describes a correlation?
      The new basketball coach is superstitious, so the team members start noticing relationships between what they wear and how they perform in games.

      11. Len notices that the longer he has been friends with someone, the more similar their tastes in movies and clothes become. Which is the best explanation for this positive correlation?

      Len and his friends have had influences on each other's interests because they have shared many common experiences.

  40. QUESTION:
    PSYCHOLOGY HELP please?
    Question 25 2 points Save
    By boosting serotonin, antidepressant drugs stimulate the growth of neurons in the
    Question 25 answers
    cerebellum.
    hippocampus.
    reticular formation.
    sympathetic nervous system.
    occipital nerve.

    Question 26 text Question 26 2 points Save
    One of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia is
    Question 26 answers
    an expressionless face.
    loud and meaningless talking.
    inappropriate laughter.
    uncontrollable outbursts of rage.
    talk in disorganized and deluded ways.

    Question 27 text Question 27 2 points Save
    Research on the causes of schizophrenia strongly suggests that
    Question 27 answers
    there is a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia.
    almost anybody will develop schizophrenia if exposed to extensive environmental stress.
    schizophrenia patients suffer from a deficiency of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
    if adopted children's adoptive parents have schizophrenia, they will, too.
    schizophrenia is a learned behavior.

    Question 28 text Question 28 2 points Save
    Jabar, a 25-year-old auto mechanic, thinks he is Napoleon. He further believes he is being imprisoned against his will in the mental hospital where his relatives have brought him for treatment. Jabar is most likely suffering from
    Question 28 answers
    an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
    schizophrenia.
    a panic disorder.
    a dissociative identity disorder.
    phobias.

    Question 29 text Question 29 2 points Save
    A token economy represents an application of the principles of
    Question 29 answers
    operant conditioning.
    systematic desensitization.
    humanistic therapy.
    classical conditioning.
    internal locus of control.

    Question 30 text Question 30 2 points Save
    In one treatment for bed-wetting, the child sleeps on a liquid-sensitive pad that when wet, triggers an alarm and awakens the child. This treatment is a form of
    Question 30 answers
    biomedical therapy.
    cognitive therapy.
    behavior therapy.
    humanistic therapy.
    psychodynamic therapy.

    Question 31 text Question 31 2 points Save
    Which form of therapy would most likely help depressed patients by teaching them how to resolve disagreements with their friends?
    Question 31 answers
    Systematic desensitization
    Interpersonal psychotherapy
    Humanistic therapy
    Cognitive therapy
    Biopsychosocial therapy

    Question 32 text Question 32 2 points Save
    Psychological disorders that researchers believe are learned, such as phobias, are most likely to be treated with
    Question 32 answers
    meta-analysis.
    psychotherapy.
    aversive conditioning.
    psychoanalysis.
    medical therapies.

    Question 33 text Question 33 2 points Save
    Which therapeutic approach emphasizes that people are often disturbed because of their negative interpretations of events?
    Question 33 answers
    Client-centered therapy
    Systematic desensitization
    Cognitive therapy
    Light exposure therapy
    Biomedical therapies

    Question 34 text Question 34 2 points Save
    Group therapy is typically more effective than individual therapy for
    Question 34 answers
    encouraging severely disturbed individuals to quickly regain normal social functioning.
    enabling people to discover that others have problems similar to their own.
    ensuring that therapists will become more emotionally involved in clients' real-life problems.
    eliminating clients' anxiety during the process of therapy.
    decreasing the therapeutic alliance.

    Question 35 text Question 35 2 points Save
    Cognitive training that promotes positive thinking in children at risk for depression best illustrates a strategy known as
    Question 35 answers
    virtual reality exposure therapy.
    preventive mental health.
    unconditioned positive regard.
    meta-analysis.
    aversion therapy.

    Question 36 text Question 36 2 points Save
    Because of the increasing demand for psychotherapy
    Question 36 answers
    it is performed by psychiatrists, who have a medical degree.
    it is done by clinical and counseling psychologists and other such mental health providers.
    in hospital treatment is provided only for patients suffering from schizophrenia, while everyone else is treated in a halfway house.
    many sufferers of psychological disorders are left untreated.
    individuals can counsel with a high school diploma.

    Question 37 text Question 37 2 points Save
    Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation shows greatest promise for the treatment of
    Question 37 answers
    schizophrenia.
    phobias.
    depression.
    bulimia.
    anorexia.

    Question 38 text Question 38 2 points Save
    One good alternative to antidepressant drugs is
    Question 38 answers
    aerobic exercise.
    psychosurgery.
    virtual reality exposure therapy.
    EMDR.
    electroconvulsive therapy.

    Question 39 text Question 39 2 point

    • ANSWER:
      hippocampus.

      talk in disorganized and deluded ways.

      there is a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia.

      a dissociative identity disorder.

      operant conditioning.

      behavior therapy.

      Interpersonal psychotherapy

      Psychotherapy

      Client-centered therapy

      enabling people to discover that others have problems similar to their own.

      preventive mental health

      many sufferers of psychological disorders are left untreated

      depression.

      aerobic exercise.

  41. QUESTION:
    Am I worthless?Do you think you can see a good person somewhere inside of me...?
    Ok, so i'm only 13 so alot of what i'm about to tell you is prob going to have a shock effect..And yes I do realize how many negative comments i'm going to get from this question but..whatever.
    My dad was murdered in 2007 (May 9th, 07) (I was 9 about to end 3rd grade when he died). After that I became very anti-social and didn't talk to people...
    This went on until about 5th grade. I was still anti social but I was recovering. (I hadn't had any counselors until around 6th grade.) Around the middle of 6th grade I became very depressed and ended up being forced into therapy by my mom. (my moms a therapist and about to be a doctor.)
    Around the last month of 6th grade I started failing in school and my bad behaviors had just begun.
    During the summer I met a bunch of people that at the time I thought were "amazing". They introduced me to pot. I had started smoking pot and was pretty much fine other then the fact that my depression and anxiety kept worsening. Me and those friends started stealing alcohol and getting smashed. Then when I got into Junior High I met people who were even worse. They introduced me to coke and other drugs like X and speed. I started ditching school and saying **** my life i'll do what ever the **** I want. Then I started doing meth, heroin..everything..no joke everything. I started doing Oxycotton also. (The last time I snorted Oxycotton was around last month.)I got kicked out of my school and no other school would take me because they knew of my reputation. My dad got a job in Texas and when we moved there I only got worse. I started smoking like 2 packs of cigarettes a week. And started using heroin,oxycotton,meth,coke damn pretty much everything pretty much everyday. I got expelled from my middle school there and kicked out of the school district (I wasn't allowed to attend any schools in that school district.) I ended up trying to kill myself (this was about the 5th attempt) and landed in the hospital and almost lost my life. I got sent to a Mental health hospital for around a month (the entire time of my treatment between being an inpatient and an outpatient was around a month.) When I got out I ended up getting arrested and almost ALMOST sent to juvy. I met an amazing guy (my curent boyfriend <3) and he helped me threw everything. He's 15 about to be 16 and i'm 13 going to be 14 in March. I started changing my ways but my eating disorder came back. (im anorexic and bulimic). And i'v been trying the best I can to get help and to cure myself sence my parents think i'm seeking attention and refuse to get me help/treatment. I have had sex with about 9 people and allready had 2 miscarages and 5 pregnancy scares..never had an STD and now never going to. Am i truly just a bad person or is there still some hope for me? I could defently use some kind words (and hateful words) right now.

    • ANSWER:
      On the last day of each month, sit down and write about how your month went: Both good things and bad things. Don't use your past as an excuse to fall back into your bad ways. And go join a church that has meetings for drug addicts & alcoholics.

  42. QUESTION:
    Could there still be hope for me to live a good life? [plz answer]?
    Ok, so i'm only 13 so alot of what i'm about to tell you is prob going to have a shock effect..And yes I do realize how many negative comments i'm going to get from this question but..whatever.
    My dad was murdered in 2007 (May 9th, 07) (I was 9 about to end 3rd grade when he died). After that I became very anti-social and didn't talk to people...
    This went on until about 5th grade. I was still anti social but I was recovering. (I hadn't had any counselors until around 6th grade.) Around the middle of 6th grade I became very depressed and ended up being forced into therapy by my mom. (my moms a therapist and about to be a doctor.)
    Around the last month of 6th grade I started failing in school and my bad behaviors had just begun.
    During the summer I met a bunch of people that at the time I thought were "amazing". They introduced me to pot. I had started smoking pot and was pretty much fine other then the fact that my depression and anxiety kept worsening. Me and those friends started stealing alcohol and getting smashed. Then when I got into Junior High I met people who were even worse. They introduced me to coke and other drugs like X and speed. I started ditching school and saying **** my life i'll do what ever the **** I want. Then I started doing meth, heroin..everything..no joke everything. I started doing Oxycotton also. (The last time I snorted Oxycotton was around last month.)I got kicked out of my school and no other school would take me because they knew of my reputation. My dad got a job in Texas and when we moved there I only got worse. I started smoking like 2 packs of cigarettes a week. And started using heroin,oxycotton,meth,coke damn pretty much everything pretty much everyday. I got expelled from my middle school there and kicked out of the school district (I wasn't allowed to attend any schools in that school district.) I ended up trying to kill myself (this was about the 5th attempt) and landed in the hospital and almost lost my life. I got sent to a Mental health hospital for around a month (the entire time of my treatment between being an inpatient and an outpatient was around a month.) When I got out I ended up getting arrested and almost ALMOST sent to juvy. I met an amazing guy (my curent boyfriend <3) and he helped me threw everything. He's 15 about to be 16 and i'm 13 going to be 14 in March. I started changing my ways but my eating disorder came back. (im anorexic and bulimic). And i'v been trying the best I can to get help and to cure myself sence my parents think i'm seeking attention and refuse to get me help/treatment. I have had sex with about 9 people and allready had 2 miscarages and 5 pregnancy scares..never had an STD and now never going to. Am i truly just a bad person or is there still some hope for me? I could defently use some kind words (and hateful words) right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow you have been to hell and back and it's obvious that you are hurting. I believe their is help for you, and good on your boyfriend! (be careful not to be to reliant on him tho in case things don't work out). Maybe you could focus your attention on to something your passionate about maybe a course or religion or music what ever you are in to really. if you need help make sure you get it beg for it find it your self. People have probably felt really let down by your actions, it may just be a case of you proving that you want to change. Sounds like you lost who you were when your dad died try find you again. Chin up and be strong.

  43. QUESTION:
    My mom is offering to pay for one kind of treatment for my social anxiety disorder, but which one is best?
    Im moving to NYC, hopefully this summer.. and i will be able to take one kind of therapy for my SAD. I have been waiiiting to get popper treatment for a long time.. as i have avoided all medications.. and have dealt with some very insensitive "psychiatrists". This will be my first time living, going to school.. and possibly working int he city on my own.. and i just want the therapy to be as a good as possible.. I was thinking CBT.. but i don't know exactly where the best place is to go.
    I need some good recommendations (and don't worry about price.. because my insurance in NY will cover it)
    I really need some help.. in order to function and continue in school.. and I believe this will help with my deppression..
    I just need to know which therapy .. which location or which therapist is best to see. I have been waiting for this opportunity.. and this time.. i want to go someplace that understands this disorder inside and out.. and will help me by pushing me to make changes.. and assess whats going on.. i need a good coach, because otherwise i may be a shut in forever.
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not going to be able to tell you where to go but I can offer some information about the different types of therapy.

      CBT: One type of therapy that I am not a fan of. It does give you really good strategies to deal with the anxiety ways to change what you think to get the behaviour you want. What I think this kind of therapy lacks is getting to the root cause of things, although the results of CBT are good and it is the "it" therapy at the moment.

      Talk therapies: There are many different types of this and they will probably suggest you take some meds. I think there is always a reason we develop disorders and uncovering why and understanding it helps with dealing with it. But it really depends on your beliefs. Different therapies usually have similar success rates, what's more important is how you feel about the person you are working with.

      So I suggest you call a few places that you like (if you can find any reccommendations) and maybe arrange to meet with them before you start therapy. What works for someone else may not necessarily work for you, it depends on you as much as the therapist.

      I hope it all goes well, good luck!


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