Helping people form friendships is important because many studies confirm that the lack of strong social networks can leave people vulnerable to a host of problems, including disease, depression, and even earlier mortality, Rodebaugh says.
The good news is that social anxiety disorder is treatable.
A phobia is an irrational fear of certain situations, objects or environments.
A person with social anxiety disorder typically is excessively fearful of embarrassment in social situations - this fear can sometimes have a debilitating effect on personal and professional relationships.
“Our study suggests that’s true for specific friendships as well.” The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health supported the study.
Such trivial tasks as filling a form with people around, or eating in public places or with friends may become considerable ordeals for somebody with social anxiety disorder.
This cookie stores just a session ID; no other information is captured.A person with social anxiety disorder may find the following situations extremely difficult to face: According to The Mayo Clinic, USA, approximately 3% to 13% of people in Western countries experience social anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.The disorder typically starts in the early to midteens, but can sometimes start much earlier or later.Decades of research suggests that talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral treatment, is as, or even more, effective than medications for long term treatment of the disorder.“Current treatments focus, in part, on helping people with social anxiety disorder see that they come across better than they expect they will,” Rodebaugh says.