Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)

  • James D. Helsley
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

Social phobia is a common disorder with an approximate 13% lifetime prevalence [1]. Social phobia may also be referred to as social anxiety disorder (SAD). Onset of SAD is usually in adolescence or early adulthood and may be acute or insidious [1]. The acute onset follows a specific humiliating event that likely has occurred in childhood or early adolescence. Social anxiety disorder in its milder form may be a common event in many people.

Almost everyone has experienced apprehension when speaking in front of the class during one's early school years. For some, the fear, anxiety, and apprehension may persist, expand, and worsen into adulthood, resulting in avoidance behaviors and considerable disability. Social anxiety often creates a hindrance to success and happiness. Social anxiety, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder together may have more impact on quality of life and poorer levels of functioning than the combined effect of chronic medical illnesses and depression [2]....


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Helsley
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  1. 1.West Virginia University Student Health ServiceMorgantownUSA

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