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Can You Manage Social Anxiety Disorder?

“Having negative social experiences and growing up in stressful environments are two environmental factors that can contribute to the development of social anxiety disorder. As with most diagnoses, there is a dynamic interplay between genetics and environment that can determine the eventual development of a disorder. It’s important to understand the diagnosis is not a life sentence of anxiety, avoidance, and narrowing down of potential to avoid social interaction.”

– Dr. Amy Serin

Dr. Serin was interviewed for this informative article by HealthyWay.com about managing Social Anxiety Disorder. Here is what she (as well as other doctors) had to share:

Social anxiety disorder is difficult to deal with. It can affect all areas of your life, from your career to your schooling to your relationships. Fortunately, it can be treated. Here’s what you need to know.

Many of us get nervous when it comes to public speaking. We might feel slightly frazzled or shy in social situations. We might even avoid large gatherings or unfamiliar social spaces.

But what does it mean if you have a constant fear of social situations? What if you worry about events for days or weeks before they take place? What if your avoidance of social situations affects your career, schooling, or relationships? What if your anxiety is affecting you on a physical level, causing you to become sweaty or nauseated around others?

If you have experienced these symptoms, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, recent statistics suggest about 12.1 percent of U.S. adults experience social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. There are a few risk factors that increase your chances of having social anxiety disorder, including being divorced or widowed and experiencing stressful life events. Women and girls are more likely to experience social anxiety disorder.

Read the rest of this informative article on Healthyway.com >

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