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"Should I have psychotherapy if I have trouble speaking with others?"

ZocdocAnswersShould I have psychotherapy if I have trouble speaking with others?


I am 30 and have never had an easy time interacting with others. Can therapy help?


Social interaction is an essential part of all of our lives. Unfortunately, many, many people suffer from problems with speaking and interacting with others. I would recommend that you discuss this with your primary care doctor. He or she can help triage your complaints and see if a psychologist or a psychiatrist could help you. Social interaction is difficult for everyone. There are many difficult situations that we all face. However if trouble with social interaction is causing you harm in your personal or professional life -- then this is a real disability. If this is the case, your troubles are affecting your life, than this deserves attention. There are many disorder that can cause difficulties with social interaction. Start by talking with your primary doctor, as there are some easily correctable disorders that can change someones mental capabilities. Next, there are some disorders that can be treated with medicine. For example, generalized anxiety disorder -- which can cause anxiety in social situations -- can benefit from medicine. Some people have no identifiable disorder, but have social interaction disorder as part of there personality. This may be part of a larger personality disorder. These can be amenable from psychotherapy with some improvement. I would recommend talking to your primary doctor. Yes--psychotherapy may help!

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