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15 Things About Social Anxiety Disorder Psychologists Wish You Knew

Social Anxiety Disorder: What Psychologists Wish You Knew

Anxiety is common

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in Canada. In 2013, over 11 percent of the population reported having a mood and/or anxiety disorder, and that number is only increasing. If that’s not jarring enough, it’s still a highly under-recognized conditionalthough so many suffer, most people suffer in silence.

Social anxiety disorder (SAD), otherwise known as social phobia, is one common type of anxiety disorder that involves a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations. “These fears can be triggered by real or perceived criticism by others and can impact a person at school, work, a social gathering, crowded place like restaurants, bars or sporting event, and even places like doctor’s offices or stores,” explains Jesse Matthews, PsyD, Pennsylvania-based psychologist.

(Check out therapists’ tips for dealing with anxiety.)

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