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according to trials and researches, medication and therapy (CBT) are considered to be the most effective treatments for social anxiety and depression, findings suggest that they have equal positive effects, with a therapy having the advantage of more lasting positive outcom. up to 6 years in social anxiety. some trials suggest that using both interventions might be more benefecial then taking medication or therapy alone, but other studies don't found any any additional effect.

Now what's the right choice, the psychatrist is the best perso to advice you, but here are some consideration that must be taken into consideration:

1. therapy is ideal in case of mild to moderate depression, suicidal persons must be put under medication immediately.
2. unlike medication, therapy has no side effect, though, it recquires some motivation and will to do therapy homeworks.
3. positive results in therapy last more than medication.
4. Medication doesn't make deep personality changes, therapy can change core beliefs which lead to permanent recovery.
 

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i agree that both are usually best, I would get meds from an ordinary doc and not bother with a shrink as they often do more harm than good
 

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Do both CBT and medication. remember to get the medication from a psychiatrist becuase what a regular doctor of pediatrician dosent know is what a psychiatrist does know,(trust me if you want to get better)
 

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When I was 16 I did CBT first, and did that for at least 2 years before starting any medication. I would say equipping yourself with CBT skills and knowledge is an essential part of recovery, but in the long run medication might have to be used as well.
 

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CBT is great, it really is but i think you need more than just therapy if you have bad long lasting social anxiety which by the looks of your post, would suggest you do, i mean we all battle with it, thats why we are here :D

I think with medication its a process of trial and error, you need to try a few bad ones to unearth the good ones that work for you

I mean not all medication is going to be good and work well, and a lot of anxiety medication is addictive and antidepressants are habit forming, i mean yeah you do not need more and more everyday but try going a day without taking them :um
i could not go there

but if you think therapy works best for you without taking medication then thats cool too

one girl i helped on yahoo answers said taking any medication would be like having a chemical lobotomy so she will not take anything, not even aspirin for headaches, that is some serious Paranoia right there
 
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