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Social Anxiety 1 Running head: Social Anxiety Social Anxiety Claudia E. Neri University of Houston Psychology 4321
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Social Anxiety 2 While social anxiety is multifaceted illness there has been promising groundbreaking researching that has giving insight into the biological, psychological and social causes of the disorder. The following paper will address the complexity and temperament of social anxiety. It will address the various symptoms and the diagnostic approaches used by psychologists or psychiatrics; in addition, it will discuss the various treatments for the disorder including the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches; and finally it will examine how culture can play a role in developing social anxiety. Social anxiety disorder is a rampant and impairing psychiatric disorder. Epidemiological data with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association Steering Committee on Practice, 2000) suggest that social anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders. Social anxiety affects a cross spectrum of individuals from early childhood, adolescents and elderly transcending all ethnicities lines. Psychologists are not the only apparatus that are interested in understanding the nature of social anxiety. Governments and corporations are also concerned with the intricacy of social anxiety funding research while promoting mental health awareness in order to sustain healthy productivity in the working environment. Furthermore, social Anxiety has a profound negative impact on quality of life, affecting social functioning, family life, and relationships (Wiley-Liss, 2008). People with social anxiety are most likely to experience several symptoms simultaneously. Symptoms include but are not limited to perspiration, heart palpitation, dizziness, confusion, chest tightness, hyperventilation, numbness,
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Social Anxiety 3 nervousness, stomach pain and a sense of doom which can lead to a full blown panic attack. There are different social situation that can trigger an individual to feel hopeless in a certain social settings. People with social anxiety tend to fall into three groups (Hoeksema, 2007). There are individuals who social anxiety is related only to public speaking. While other have a moderate anxiety about a variety of social settings. Finally, there are individuals which under certain social circumstances ranging from public speaking to initiating a conversation with another individual may experience anxiety (Hoeksema, 2007). In addition social anxiety is transparent mental illness which can affect children, adolescents and elderly. According to research there are two periods in one’s life that social anxiety tends to manifest. The first is during early preschool years and the second during adolescent years when individuals become excessively self conscious and concerned about others’ opinion of themselves (Hoeksema, 2007). The severity of an individual’s social anxiety depends on the mental and emotional experience that they encountered. Once it develops,
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This note was uploaded on 07/22/2009 for the course PSYC 4321 taught by Professor Jeanraniseski during the Summer '08 term at University of Houston.

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