Why Medication Can’t Heal Your Social Anxiety (And What You Can Do Instead)

a pill symbolically illustrating social anxiety medication

You’re sitting in the classroom and your teacher asks you something in front of the whole class. Or you’re at work and your boss suddenly calls you out in front of your colleagues.

Your heart starts racing. Your face turns red. Your body shakes.

Your mind goes blank.

“How should I reply? Everyone is staring at me! Now everyone noticed I’m nervous. I’m making such a fool of myself! I better find something good to say quickly!”

Don’t you wish there was a magic pill that would make all anxiety disappear in moments like this?

“Quick and easy” is what most people are looking for when it comes to searching for solutions to their problems.

Trying to find a medication that will cure your social anxiety might sound like a great idea.

But medication can’t cure social anxiety because social anxiety is not a disease.

As I wrote in my article 3 Reasons Why You Can Overcome Social Anxiety, fear of people and social situations is a consequence of what you’ve learned in the past. The fear is an outcome of your thought and belief patterns, which mostly lie in your subconscious mind.

Of course, medication can alter your state of mind and feelings, and make you feel better while you’re under its influence.

It might actually help you ease the symptoms caused by social anxiety, especially if you’re dealing with a severe form, but medication definitely won’t do it all for you. Behind social phobia lies a deep feeling of inferiority and you can’t cure that with pills.

If you want to truly overcome social anxiety in the long run, you still have to put in the work and transform your thoughts, beliefs, and habits that got you in the state you’re in right now.

Do you wonder how to do that?

Check out my extensive article on How to Overcome Social Anxiety in 9 Fundamental Steps, or if you want a real, more in-depth answer that will truly help you overcome your fears and live the social life you want, get a hold of my book “Bye Bye, Social Anxiety”.

What about alternative and natural social anxiety medication?

There are many alternative and natural medications worth mentioning so I will write a separate article about it soon. But for now, one thing I strongly recommend is Bach Flower Remedies, because they have helped me remarkably.

In conclusion, medication for anxiety can help you deal with the stress of putting yourself out there, and help you in the short-term.  It won’t, however, address the root causes of social anxiety.  Only you can transform those belief patterns that have created a lack of confidence and feeling of inferiority within you. No pill will do that for you.

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After struggling with social anxiety for many years and finding a way out, I created freefromsocialanxiety.com to share the best and most useful information I gathered over time, in order to help others find ways of overcoming social anxiety, building lasting confidence, and developing social skills.

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Camille Cardarella - a few months ago

Since I have and still have medication for my anxiety, I totally agreee that relief will not come from a pill. I am trying to become more aware of what makes me so anxious sometimes to the point of hands shaking and weak knees in order to figure out what to do about it.
The biggest problem I have right now is traveling alone. I need to fly to see my daughter and grandkids but I made a reservation and then cancelled it. I lost the money I had spent on the ticket by canceling. I have a couple of medical issues and am afraid I won’t be able to do everything I need to get to & into my seat. The pain in my shoulders, etc. makes it impossible to move freely. I know I won’t ask for help. Painfully shy!

    Barbara - last month

    Hi Camille, sorry for not replying earlier – somehow your comment got lost among others and I saw it only now! I hope you do find strenght to ask for help. Living with social anxiety is already painful enough, so please don’t go through this alone. I know it’s hard to open up, especially because social anxiety makes it a vicious cycle – we are afraid of judgment and rejection, so we don’t want others to know about our struggles. But remember that most people like to help others. Feel free to get in touch if you need to talk! Wishing you all the best.

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