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Social Anxiety Disorder…

Our understanding of social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia) has moved from rudimentary awareness that it is not merely shyness to a much more extreme and persistent fear of embarrassment and humiliation. People with this condition often avoid participating in social and public activities, such as public speaking, social gatherings, or meetings. Whereas normative social anxiety may serve to focus attention and prevent inappropriate behaviour, the intense symptoms of social anxiety disorder, by definition, interfere with functioning or cause marked distress. Social anxiety disorder is a common anxiety disorder; it has an early age of onset—by age 11 years in about 50% and by age 20 years in about 80% of individuals.

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