Navigation Links
15 Million Americans Suffer From Social Anxiety Disorder
Date:4/9/2008

Condition keeps them from having friends and mates, survey shows

WEDNESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- Social anxiety disorder prevents some 15 million Americans from leading normal social and romantic lives, a new survey finds.

The disorder leaves many isolated, ashamed and often misdiagnosed. Thirty-six percent of those with social anxiety disorder have symptoms for 10 years or more before seeking help, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports.

"Social anxiety disorder is when somebody has an intense, persistent and irrational fear of social or performance situations," Jerilyn Ross, the association's president and CEO, said during a teleconference Wednesday.

"The condition causes people to avoid common, everyday situations and even other people for fear of being judged or criticized or humiliated or embarrassing themselves," Ross said.

Social anxiety disorder can interfere with daily routines and job performance, Ross noted. "It also makes it very difficult for people to develop friends and romantic partnerships," she said.

People with this disorder recognize their fear is excessive and irrational, Ross noted. "But they feel powerless to do anything about it," she said.

Social anxiety disorder can start in the early teens, Dr. Mark H. Pollack, director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said during the teleconference.

"This is a disorder that starts affecting people early on," Pollack said. "The typical age of onset is early adolescence, age 12 or 13, and many individuals report a history of anxiety dating back to earlier childhood."

The disorder also has physical symptoms, including heart palpitations, feelings that their throat will close up, sweating, blushing, faintness, trembling and stammering, Ross said.

In the survey, pollsters questioned 578 people with anxiety, 276 people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and 287 people with social anxiety disorder.

Among people with the disorder, 75 percent said the condition affected their ability to do normal activities. In addition, 69 percent said they didn't want people to think they were crazy, and 58 percent said they were embarrassed by their condition, Ross said.

However, when the condition is diagnosed and treated, many reported improvement in their lives. In fact, 59 percent who were receiving treatment said treatment had a positive effect on their ability to have a romantic relationship. In addition, 39 percent who had received treatment said knowing that treatment can be successful aided their decision to get help, Ross noted.

The disorder can be effectively treated. Among the techniques that have been successful is cognitive behavior therapy, which helps people get a sense of control over their lives, Ross said.

In addition, relaxation techniques and medications have also been effective. Combination therapy that includes behavior therapy and medications has also been effective. Commonly prescribed medications include various types of antidepressants.

Among other key survey findings were:

  • Thirty-four percent reported that their condition caused serious fights with their significant others.
  • Seventy-seven percent said the disorder negatively impacted their romantic relationships.
  • Thirty-five percent said having social anxiety disorder made them avoid intimacy.
  • Twenty-four percent reported that the disorder resulted in their significant other not respecting them.
  • Fifty-five percent said they had no close friends.
  • Sixty-six percent reported having misunderstandings with friends, and 50 percent said they did not tell their friends about their symptoms.
  • More than 60 percent didn't keep in touch with friends or answer or return their phone calls.

More information

For more about social anxiety disorder, visit the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.



SOURCES: April 9, 2008, teleconference with: Jerilyn Ross, president and CEO, Anxiety Disorders Association of America; Mark H. Pollack, M.D., director, Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders, and professor, psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. HHS Announces $75 Million in Supplemental Funding to States for Pandemic Flu Preparedness
2. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: Number of Uninsured Americans Grows to 47 Million
3. Majority of 2.4 Million U.S. Children With ADHD Not Diagnosed or Consistently Treated, According to New Gold Standard Study by Cincinnati Childrens Researchers
4. 1.5 million children could be saved
5. The Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Expected to Draw 10,000 Walkers and Raise $1 Million to Help Find Answers About the Nations Fastest-Growing Developmental Disorder
6. UVa researcher awarded $3.6 million grant to fight drug-resistant bacteria
7. EaglePicher Corporation Completes Transaction to Sell EaglePicher Boron, LLC to Ceradyne, Inc. for $69 Million
8. R. P. Simmons Family Foundation Pledges $2 Million for New Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Campus
9. £5 million investment in personalized medicines to cut patient deaths
10. Keane Wins $1 Million Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Implementation at New Jersey-Based Acute Care Facility
11. PainCare Receives $14.4 Million in Cash From Completed Sale of South Florida Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
15 Million Americans Suffer From Social Anxiety Disorder
(Date:4/30/2017)... ... April 30, 2017 , ... TransLiquid Cartoon is a ... X. Editors can pick and choose from a variety of liquid transitions that ... shadows using simple color swabs. Utilize on-screen controls to fully manipulate transitions through ...
(Date:4/29/2017)... Aliso Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2017 , ... ... effects. Seamlessly transition from one video to the next without having to set ... bleeding, ripping, and blasting transitions to enhance your video production. , TransDark features dynamic ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... An April 24th article on Yahoo! Beauty discusses the case of ... of a weight loss surgery. The woman, declaring “I will not hate my body anymore!” ... her dramatic weight loss. Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that, while it often refers its ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Beginning in 2017, Ridgecrest Herbals will ... begins with the popular ClearLungs Extra Strength formula. To ensure that the effectiveness of ... the following ways:, , Removal of the homeopathic element , ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... . These lamps offer an instant energy-saving solution for F32T8 fluorescent lamps on ... or disconnect ballasts. These 50,000 hour rated lamps utilize the existing electronic ballast, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... Calif. , April 19, 2017  IRIDEX Corporation ... will release financial results for the first quarter 2017 ... 2017.  The Company,s management team will host a corresponding ... p.m. ET. Investors interested in listening to ... 707-0665 for domestic callers or (703) 326-3030 for international ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017 The Global Effective Microorganisms ... 2022 report has covered and analysed the potential of Global ... market size, shares and growth factors. The report identifies and ... opportunities in the global market. ... Browse 152 Tables and Figures, 6 Major Company Profiles, ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017  Novartis today announced the ... Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the ... of patients with treatment-naïve severe aplastic anemia (SAA) ... with eltrombopag at the initiation of and concurrently ... evaluated three sequential treatment groups, or cohorts. Cohort ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: