Diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is not well understood by the general public or by medical and mental health professionals. As a result, the majority of people with social anxiety disorder may be misdiagnosed or untreated.The diagnosis of social anxiety disorder is based on the following criteria being present for 6 months or more:
- Typical symptoms with:
- Feared social situations
- Exposure to unfamiliar people or scrutiny
- Fear of doing something humiliating or embarrassing
- Your anxiety disrupts your ability to function in daily life. It may interfere with:
- Normal routines
- Success in school
- Social relationships
- Your anxiety in social situations is very distressing, but recognized as excessive or unreasonable.
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- Review Date: 12/2014
- Update Date: 12/20/2014
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