Posted by Racer on June 19, 2007, at 15:31:03
In reply to When and/or how to treat or not treat, posted by saturn on June 18, 2007, at 19:57:20
If you're mostly OK, but could be better -- that is, if you're able to function adequately -- there are probably better interventions than meds.
I'm always in favor of therapy, but that's my bias. You could also try anything that helps you reduce your anxiety: meditation, yoga, biofeedback, self-help programs like that in "Mind Over Mood," reminding yourself that the person/people you're interacting with may be feeling just as anxious as you are, or other things I'm not thinking of right now. Therapy, in this case, would probably be some sort of short-term, goal oriented thing. Even some sort of coaching -- a job coach might be able to help.
For some people, the answer is "fake it 'til you make it" -- if you pretend to be confident often enough and successfully enough, you find yourself becoming more confident. It's just another form of behavior training: you pretend to be confident, you get a more positive outcome, which makes it easier next time to pretend to be confident, which reinforces the positive outcome...
Good luck, whatever you decide to do.