Social phobia

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  • Social phobia
    • Prevalence
      • 12% have a life time risk of social phobia
      • Usually develops in late childhood
      • Women are more susceptible than men by a ratio of 3:2
    • Co-morbidity
    • More than shyness
      • The difference between shyness and social phobia is the effect it has on everyday life
    • Difference from social phobia
      • Social phobia is the fear of showing obvious signs of humilation, not of the phobia itself.
    • Diagnostic criteria for social phobia
      • A marked and persistent fear of one or more performance situationin which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people.
  • Social phobia usually occurs along other mental disorders, particularly depression
    • Co-morbidity
  • The difference between shyness and social phobia is the effect it has on everyday life

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