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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is considered an extremely under- recognized anxiety disorder, with only 5 percent of patients receiving some form of treatment. Often people recognize that they have a life-impairing condition but do not realize they suffer from an actual medical disorder that can be treated with supportive psychotherapy and medicine (most commonly the SSRI class of antidepressants).

We all suffer from shyness at some point, but social anxiety disorder far exceeds shyness. Shyness involves having uncomfortable feelings in social situations, but social anxiety disorder is a clinical diagnosis that is much more pervasive, distressing and significantly interferes with normal functioning. People are diagnosed with social anxiety disorder if the fear, avoidance or anxious anticipation of a social or performance situation causes marked distress or interferes significantly with their daily routines, job performance or social life. The anxiety or avoidance of social situations typically leads to clinically significant impairment or reduced quality of life.

There are several commonly used tools to diagnose the severity and/or measure the improvement of social anxiety disorder, including the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN), the Clinical Global Impression Scale (CGI), The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) and the Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS).

Social anxiety disorder is not only socially and psychologically disruptive. It can also be economically devastating to an individual-or a family--and can have lifetime consequences. People with social anxiety disorder often avoid confrontation with authority figures or colleagues at work or in school, have decreased social support networks and are less likely to marry. People with social anxiety disorder may drop out of school, lose their jobs and avoid seeking work due to difficulty interviewing for jobs. They tend to have trouble creating and maintaining friendships and romantic partnerships. In addition, anxiety disorders cost the U.S. $42 billion in 1990 in direct and indirect costs.

If this condition sounds too familiar-if you suspect that you or a loved one might be suffering from an anxiety disorder--consult your physician or mental health provider. The good news is that there is help available; all you have to do is avail yourself of that help.

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Created: 2/6/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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