Social Anxiety Disorder Assessment

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) can significantly impact a patient’s ability to function both socially and in his or her work setting. SAD, also known as social phobia, is a condition that involves the experience of intense fear of social situations or interactions (e.g., health risks, giving a speech, meeting unfamiliar people). It is one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders. In most cases, SAD is chronic. The fear and anxiety experienced in the disorder relates to the anticipated observation or scrutiny of others and the assumption that their judgment will be negative and cause humiliation or embarrassment. The fear is out of proportion with the actual threat and causes significant distress or impairment in certain areas of function, including social and occupational. The fear or avoidance is persistent, typically lasting for 6 or more months, and is not related to another condition, such as an adverse reaction to a medication or a panic disorder.1 If the fear is restricted to performing in public, the social anxiety should be specified as performance anxiety only.


About Giorgio Bertini

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