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Lauren Gurican Abnormal Psychology December 4, 2009 Paper #2 Social Disorders Three types of social disorders are social phobias, avoidant personality disorder, and schizoid personality disorder. Although these disorders may display similar characteristics, there are key features that make them very different. One approach to diagnosing and treating psychological disorders such as these are based upon the views of Theodore Millon who has developed many psychological assessment tools that are based upon the multi-axes methodology of psychology and his theory of the Evolutionary Model of Personality. Social phobias or social anxiety disorder refers to an intense fear of social situations that cause excessive anxiety. This is a fear that can be of either a specific situation or just social interactions in general. The anxiety is caused by an extreme fear of being judged or embarrassed in front of people and is so intense that it causes the individual to avoid the situation or social interactions all together. Symptoms of social anxiety disorder can be triggered by the perceived judgments of others, as well as, actual scrutiny. Physical symptoms can include, but are not limited to, extreme blushing, sweating, shaking, rapid heart beat, nausea, and stuttering. Symptoms are made worse by the individual obsessively thinking about the situation and can even result in a full blown panic attack. These symptoms overlap with those of avoidant
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