Social Anxiety Disorder

SAD or social phobia is a common anxiety disorder often associated with serious role impairment. The 12-month prevalence rate for all types of SAD was estimated to be 8% with a lifetime prevalence of 13%. SAD is a chronic disease with a slightly higher prevalence in females than males (15% versus 11%, respectively), with retrospective studies showing an average duration of 25 years. Overall, females with poor baseline functioning at the time of diagnosis have the greatest risk of disease chronicity. DSM IV-TR defines SAD as a marked and persistent fear of social or performance situations in which embarrassment may occur. The diagnosis of SAD is only made when the fear, avoidance, or anxious anticipation of the event persists for at least 6 months and the phobia directly interferes with daily function or when the individual is distressed about having the phobia. Although SAD can relate to a specific set of circumstances (i.e., public speaking), there are cases in which there can be a broad array of fears that include both performance and interactional factors with the latter being considered more severe and disabling than the former.5 Individuals with comorbid GAD demonstrated more severe psychopathology and exacerbation of the clinical course of SAD over those individuals without comorbid GAD.6

How To Win Your War Against Anxiety Disorders

How To Win Your War Against Anxiety Disorders

Tips And Tricks For Relieving Anxiety... Fast Everyone feels anxious sometimes. Whether work is getting to us or we're simply having hard time managing all that we have to do, we can feel overwhelmed and worried that we might not be able to manage it all. When these feelings hit, we don't have to suffer. By taking some simple steps, you can begin to create a calmer attitude, one that not only helps you feel better, but one that allows you the chance to make better decisions about what you need to do next.

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