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Social Anxiety Disorder is an out-of-proportion fear of one or more social situations wherein the person is concerned about being harsly judged and evaluated for their performance or interpersonal interactions.
They experience marked and persistent fear and avoidance of one or more social or performance situations. Although many people feel anxious in social gatherings, the key to the Social Anxiety Disorder is ‘Functional impairment’ in an important facet of life functioning. It is also known as social phobia, fear of embarrassment, fear of rejection.
Over all prevalence of SAD is 2-3% and more common in women than men. It has its peak onset in the early teenage years. There is increased risk of Drug Abuse, Depressive episodes and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
Most important is to break the cycle of anxious thoughts.
If still things are not getting better, take the help of a professional. Psychotherapy and medication will definitely help you.
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Dr. Anita Gautam is a Director Clinical Operation & Consultant Psychiatrist, Gautam Hospital & Research Center and
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