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There are currently no guidelines to reduce the risk of social anxiety disorder. However, there are certain factors which could help reduce the risk of relapse:

  • See your doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
  • Continue therapy if suggested by your therapist
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs use.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid the following drugs: ephedrine, phenylephrine, isoproterenol, antipsychotic medication, diet pills, drugs for flu or colds, and steroids.
  • Attend support groups.
  • Attend family or marital counseling if needed.

Revision Information

  • Social anxiety disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 17, 2015. Accessed December 23, 2015.

  • Social phobia (social anxiety disorder). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/social-phobia-social-anxiety-disorder/index.shtml. Accessed December 23, 2015.