Social Anxiety Disorder And Social Phobia

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Social anxiety disorder or social phobia, is can be progressively debilitating condition which may affect individuals for the duration of their lives and with low rates of recovery among patients (Chartier, Hazen, & Stein, M.B, 1998). Studies have shown that the disorder has an early onset with symptoms manifesting on average at age 16 in most adolescents. Social anxiety disorder features intense feelings of irrational fear of possible embarrassment and scrutiny of others during social situations (Canton, Scott, & Glue, 2012; Ruscio et al., 2007). The effects of this disorder can be especially disabling as individuals have an increased risk of suffering from comorbid disorders including depression and substances dependeancy (Stein, Laine, & Walker, 2000; Stangier, et al., 2011). Individualls suffering from this disorder are likely to have difficulty forming lasting, meaningful romantic relationships and tend have impaired familial relationships (Canton, Scott, & Glue, 2012). Suffers of this condition exhibit behavioral inhibitions (Ruscio et al., 2007) which may account for why individuals with social anxiety disorder are more likely to earn lower wages, hold high level positions, and are less likely to obtain a college degree (Stein, Laine, & Walker, 2000; Ruscio et al., 2007; Katzelnick et al., 2001).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy In the treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD), the most common approach used is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in clinical…
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