Social Anxiety Disorder Restricts Lives

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Social anxiety disorder, previously called social phobia, is a relatively common condition that creates significant distress for those affected. Certain types of social or performance situations trigger it. The person often attempts to deal with the anxiety by avoiding all situations that may prompt it. Social anxiety disorder is the most common of the anxiety disorders. In the United States, there is an estimated lifetime prevalence in the general population around 13%. The disorder can onset early in adolescents and become chronic in some individuals. Social anxiety disorder is treatable; the main barrier often is the patient and caregiver’s lack of awareness of the problem and of the potential for treatment. In everyday life, social anxiety disorder frequently is misinterpreted as shyness. People with the disorder are regularly misperceived as aloof or uncaring. In the healthcare setting, social anxiety disorder can masquerade as nonadherence. No-shows are common among people with this disorder, and the patient may be misjudged as irresponsible. With knowledge about this common but often hidden disorder, healthcare professionals as a team can help when they ask pertinent and sensitive questions that may bring the patient closer to diagnosis and treatment.

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Social anxiety disorder, previously called social phobia, is a relatively common condition that creates significant distress for those affected. Certain types of social or performance situations trigger it. The person often attempts to deal with the anxiety by avoiding all situations that may prompt it. Social anxiety disorder is the most common of the anxiety disorders. In the United States, there is an estimated lifetime prevalence in the general population around 13%. The disorder can onset early in adolescents and become chronic in some individuals. Social anxiety disorder is treatable; the main barrier often is the patient and caregiver’s lack of awareness of the problem and of the potential for treatment. In everyday life, social anxiety disorder frequently is misinterpreted as shyness. People with the disorder are regularly misperceived as aloof or uncaring. In the healthcare setting, social anxiety disorder can masquerade as nonadherence. No-shows are common among people with this disorder, and the patient may be misjudged as irresponsible. With knowledge about this common but often hidden disorder, healthcare professionals as a team can help when they ask pertinent and sensitive questions that may bring the patient closer to diagnosis and treatment.

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