social anxiety disorder


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social

 [so´shal]
pertaining to societies or other groups of people.
social anxiety disorder social phobia.
social breakdown syndrome deterioration of social and interpersonal skills, work habits, and behavior seen in chronically hospitalized psychiatric patients. Symptoms are due to the effects of long term hospitalization rather than the primary illness, and include excessive passivity, assumption of the chronic sick role, withdrawal, and apathy. Such effects are also seen in long term inmates of prisons or concentration camps. Called also institutionalism.
social worker a professional trained in the treatment of psychosocial problems of patients and their families. Family social workers practice social case work. Psychiatric social workers practice various forms of counseling and group or individual psychotherapy. Most social workers have a master's degree in social work (M.S.W.). There are also bachelor's (B.S.W.) and doctoral (D.S.W.) degrees in social work.

social anxiety disorder

n.
An anxiety disorder characterized by persistent, intense anxiety or fear of social settings in which one might become the focus of attention. People with this disorder fear that they will be negatively evaluated by others, either for showing signs of anxiety or for other reasons. Also called social phobia.

social anxiety disorder

social anxiety disorder

Social phobia, a phobic disorder featuring disabling and distressing embarrassment, anxiety and humiliation experienced in social contexts, especially in public. The condition is commoner than was formerly supposed and the true prevalence has been masked by under-diagnosis because of the shame and reticence of the sufferers. Currently, the most effective treatment involves cognitive behaviour therapy supplemented by the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs such as paroxetine (Seroxat), sertraline (Lustral) or fluvoxamine (Faverin).

Patient discussion about social anxiety disorder

Q. how to treat my social phobia?

A. there is a protocol for treating any kinds of phobias. it requires time and a psychologist. it's consisted of learning relaxation methods and doing everything in small steps until you can handle your phobia.

Q. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder? I've been told multiple times by multiple people (though none of them doctors) that I probably have Ausperger's syndrome, or at least suffered from it through most of my childhood. I have struggled socially a GREAT deal, and have overcome many things, though I still am socially awkward and easily confused in social situations. Conversely, I am a secretary and receptionist by trade, and seem to have most people 'fooled' when I have medication for my diagnosed medical condition. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder?

A. Well, I like to share my experience from which you find an answer. My 19 year old brother has AS, and I would not say he is at all retarded, although once people get to know him they assume that he is. His intellectual/IQ level isn't any lower than the "normal", but he definitely struggles socially, always has, always will. Hell, so do I... and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a touch of AS myself. Anyhow he is able to work, pay bills, follow commitments through, etc., He's actually very responsible…can't say that for many "normal" folk. His main quirk is that he really fixates on things...for example if his favorite TV show is "Lost", he'll talk about it and run it into the ground until he makes you absolutely hate it from overkill. Other than that he's not much different from the rest of us.

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SSRIs are the first-line medications used to treat social anxiety disorder, and the effective doses are often higher than effective antidepressant doses, although we often titrate toward those doses more slowly with anxious patients to avoid side effects that might increase or exacerbate their anxiety.
Table 3 Options for treating SAD (a) Psychotherapy Pharmacotherapy Cognitive-behavior therapy Selective serotonin (individual or group) reuptake inhibitors * Paroxetine * Sertraline * Fluoxetine * Fluvoxamine Acceptance and Serotonin-norepinephrine commitment therapy reuptake inhibitor: Venlafaxine Interpersonal Benzodiazepines psychotherapy * Clonazepam * Alprazolam Short-term psychodynamic Monoamine oxidase therapy inhibitor: Phenelzine (a) Based on empirical studies Note: Medications with an FDA indication for SAD are in bold type SAD: social anxiety disorder
Recent advances in understanding and treating social anxiety disorder.
Venlafaxine is approved to treat GAD, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, while duloxetine is approved thus far only for GAD.
Implications of comorbid alcohol dependence among individuals with social anxiety disorder.
Multiple paradigms and methodologies have shown that adults suffering from social anxiety disorder also manifest atypical processing of faces, particularly when emotional expressions are involved.
35,36) In a recent study conducted in the Netherlands by van Oort et al, (16) low parental income might have been a risk factor for social anxiety disorder throughout adolescence.
A professional interest in chocolate lubricates the difficult first steps for two people suffering from social anxiety disorder in "Romantics Anonymous," a delicious comedy-romance with a sweet-toothed twist.

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