Helpful with physical symptoms
I've been on Buspar for years. I take 20mg a day, 10mg morning, 10mg night. The first time I took it, it took about 2 weeks or more for me to tell that I had even started it. When it did kick in, it really didn't help the psychological symptoms of SAD but it did help the physical ones, the blushing, trembling, sweating, etc. which I was very grateful for. Before taking it I could barely stand in line at the grocery store without looking like a beet and shaking like a leaf when trying to write a check. It wouldn't even be legible so I tried to pay cash. Plus my voice would quiver when trying to talk to most everyone. Even when trying to tell a story or joke to my family. Since I've been on the Buspar, I really don't experience those symptoms except in extremely stressful situations, such as presentations and such. But, as far as it helping me to open up and not be afraid of people, or stop worrying what they are thinking, it didn't really help much at all but like I said, I'm very grateful for the relief of several of they physical symptoms. Oh, I also used to get extremely stressed or ill with obtrusive sounds, such as loud neighbors, construction, etc., but it also helped with that somewhat. From what I've read of others experiences, it seems to be extremely hit or miss but it definitely doesn't work like a Xanax or Klonopin so if someone expects that they will be disappointed.