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Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder, also called Social Phobia, causes the sufferer to feel uncomfortable, anxious or panicky in everyday social situations. At its mildest it can cause the sufferer to be shy, at its most extreme, it can cause panic attacks and agoraphobia. People who suffer from SAD tend to feel as if they are being scrutinized or judged even though that is not at all true.

SAD can interfere with relationships, careers and marriages and can be the catalyst for panic disorder and chronic phobias.

SAD can be limited to definite events such as public speaking for example, or can be wide ranging, preventing the sufferer from interacting with the outside world physically or vocally. Many SAD sufferers don't even talk to friends and family when the condition become acute.

What are the symptoms of Social anxiety disorder?

The symptoms of SAD include many of the symptoms of anxiety disorder and panic disorder such as; sweating, shaking, panic, bowel troubles, frequency of urination, dizziness and more.

People with social anxiety disorder are aware that their feelings are irrational, however, they feel powerless to do anything about it. Confronting their fear just produces more symptoms, these increase the fear and the cycle perpetuates.

Who suffers from Social Phobia?

Social anxiety disorder affects about 5.3 million adult Americans and these statistics are mirrored worldwide. The condition is indiscriminate and affects people of any age, sex or ethnicity.

The IAAM's research on the role of the Amygdala in panic-related disorders has concluded that SAD can be eliminated by intense and targeted techniques which address the anxious habit directly.

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