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Do You Have Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by intense anxiety, fear and self-consciousness in social situations. Also known as social phobia, social anxiety disorder is one of the most under-diagnosed anxiety disorders. Only a small percentage of patients receive treatment.  People often recognize that they have a condition that impairs their quality of life, but they do not realize that they have an actual medical disorder that can be treated. 

If you think you have an anxiety disorder, see your physician sooner rather than later; don't just try to deal with it on your own. Your symptomatic and long-term treatment may be much more successful if it's started early.  Like most medical conditions, chances are that it won't "just go away" on its own.

Take Dr. Donnica's Decisionnaire™. Check off all the points that apply to you and take this list with you when you consult your physician.

___   Is being embarrassed or looking foolish among your worst fears?

___   Do you avoid activities in which you are the center of attention?

___   Does the fear of embarrassment cause you to avoid doing things or speaking to people?

___   In your estimation, are your fears and anxiety excessive or unreasonable?

___   Do your fears and anxiety interfere with your work or social life?

Talk to your doctor.  Answering these questions and discussing them with your doctor can help determine if you suffer from social anxiety disorder.

For more information on social anxiety disorder, click here.

Created: 12/13/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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