Medical Q&As

Blushing - treatment?

I'm 26. I suffer from low self-confidence and frequently blush for no good reason, even among friends and family. I cannot engage in any conversation without turning bright red. I feel ridiculous for turning red so I stay silent. I feel it’s interfering with my life and career. When I talk I get hot, start shaking and my voice starts to tremble. What can I do to stop this from happening?

In order to solve your current difficulties it is necessary to establish the nature of the problem. Your description of your symptoms raises various possibilities. Your low self-confidence tentatively suggests that you could be depressed. The blushing and anxiety symptoms you experience in social settings raise the possibility that you may have a social phobia. Rather than focussing on individual symptoms and recommending treatments for them I think it would be more helpful for you to have a consultation with a psychologist with specific skills in the area of counselling. The primary step in solving your problem involves the formulation of a diagnosis. I cannot diagnose your problem on the basis of the information contained in your query. However, I do believe that a psychologist would be an appropriate person to consult with. I would recommend that you consult with a registered psychologist, which means a psychologist whose name is registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland.