Social Phobia Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

What Is Social Phobia?

Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by an intense fear in one or more social situations causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life

A person with social phobia is afraid that he or she will make mistakes, look bad, and be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. Such anxiety can lead to panic attacks.

Causes Of Social Phobia:

Social phobia arises due to interaction between a number of complex factors.

These factors include the following:

It is observed that social phobia runs within families. However, study as to whether the disorder arises due to genetics or learned behavior is so fat inconclusive.

People with overactive amygdale (part of the brain which controls fear) may have an exaggerated fear response leading to social phobia

Social phobia may be a learned behavior, one which you acquire by observing others.

Risk Factors Of Social Phobia:

The following factors increase the risk of getting social phobia:

Symptoms Of Social Phobia:

Symptoms of social phobia can be divided into two broad categories.

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Diagnosis Of Social Phobia:

There is no such rest or exam which helps in diagnosis of social phobia.

Doctors usually use the criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, to diagnose social phobia.

The criteria include:

Treatment Of Social Phobia:

Treatment for social phobia can be divided into the following categories:

By : Natural Health News

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