The Phobia of Social Anxiety

1435 Words Feb 19th, 2018 6 Pages
Social Anxiety Disorder has the earliest onset of almost any mental disorder. Jaret, Peter by definition is “the fear of interaction with other people that brings on self-consciousness, feelings of being negatively judged and evaluated, and, as a result, leads to avoidance.” Before it became known as a phobia or an anxiety disorder it was known as a personality disorder. There are many different signs and symptoms of this disorder and they look a lot like being shy except these are much worse. These symptoms are both seen and unseen but many patients are misunderstood to be just shy rather than having an actual disorder. (Schrof, Joannie M., and Stacey Schultz.)
Social Anxiety can be broken down into two different types, generalized and non-generalized. When a person has generalized social anxiety that person fears judgement and will avoid most or almost all social situations. When a person has non-generalized social anxiety he or she won’t be as anxious as a person who has generalized social anxiety but they will still have fear of judgement and will avoid those certain situations that they do not like or feel safe in such as public speaking or using the public restroom. Adding onto generalized and non-generalized, there are also different levels of shy that doctors go by but for everyone else they only go by what society says is normal. Now there’s some who…
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