Posted by so on July 17, 2005, at 20:45:03
In reply to Re: SSRIs worsening Social Phobia?, posted by carolina on July 17, 2005, at 20:09:37
I've seen some particularly extroverted people on SSRI's wound up like they were on amphetamines. Maybe some extroverted people develop social phobias because some aspect of their extroverted personality is not accepted in some social circles, but once they get a chemical boost, they are not as concerned about how people see them.
On the other hand, for a person who desires social interaction as a remedy for some inner conflict, a chemical remedy for the inner conflict might remove the reason they desire more social contact.
Oddly, I don't really buy the Myers-Briggs categorization of people as basically introverted or extroverted; I see that as more a product of social circumstance and opportunity. But nonetheless, introverted and extroverted tendencies might influence the way SSRIs effect different people at different times.
For example, a heavily populated urban community can lead to misperceptions about individual needs for social contact. We see rooms full of people talking noisily, bustling on the street and it is easy to forget that the majority of the population is at home, sitting by the television or interacting occassionally with the handful of people who comprise their social circle.
The hermetic lifestyle is sometimes way undervalued. There are plenty of good reasons other than a mental disorder that a person might choose to live a reasonably private life.