The Cognitive Theory of Social Anxiety

THE MAIN POINT: One of the main theories about social anxiety asserts that social anxiety is related to overestimating the negative aspects of social interactions, and underestimating the positive aspects. Individuals with social anxiety tend to overestimate the threat of social interactions, the likelihood of negative outcomes, and the consequences of negative outcomes. Individuals with READ MORE »

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

THE MAIN POINT: Social Anxiety Disorder involves intense anxiety or fear related to certain social situations, which interferes with daily life. It is diagnosed by a health care professional. Both medication and psychotherapy have been shown to be effective in treating social anxiety disorder. Although we don’t know what causes it, research is dedicated toward READ MORE »

Prevalence of Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

How common is social anxiety disorder? Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is a disorder that involves intense anxiety or fear about various social situations. Most people deal with some degree of anxiety in some social situations, but it’s less common for this anxiety to interfere with work or one’s personal life. To estimate how READ MORE »

Behavioral Inhibition as a childhood predictor of social anxiety, Part 1.

THE MAIN POINT: Behavioral inhibition is a temperament that has been linked to development of social anxiety disorder. Behavioral inhibition (BI) relates to the tendency to experience distress and to withdraw from unfamiliar situations, people, or environments. BI is a stable trait in a subset of children. Limited research suggests that helping children to feel READ MORE »