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According to epidemiological studies, rates of social anxiety disorder (SAD) or social phobia range from 3% to 16% in the general population.
Patients with social phobia responded favorably to the selegiline transdermal system, with significant improvement in the anxiety component of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale and other efficacy endpoints in a small phase II study.
Inventario de ansiedad y fobia social--version breve" (Brief Form of the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory, SPAI-B; Garcia-Lopez, Piqueras, Diaz-Castela e Ingles, 2008).
In addition, when children stopped being addicted, depression, anxiety and social phobias decreased as well," he added.
AN internet entrepreneur who overcame a serious social phobia to start her business is aiming for expansion after winning work from clients including Deal or No Deal TV producer Endemol.
This condition, characterised by a preoccupation with the idea that one's body odour is foul or offensive to others, may be part of the differential diagnosis in patients with psychotic disorders (who may have olfactory hallucinations), in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (who may have concerns about contamination, and wash or clean repeatedly) and in patients with a social phobia spectrum disorder (who may have severe social anxiety because of fears of causing offence).
Expert contributors note that social anxiety disorders are common yet under-diagnosed, and they cover such topics as the relationship between depression and impulsivity, behavioral inhibitions, the impact of alcohol on social phobia and the biological basis of shyness.
People with social phobia can usually interact easily with family and a few close friends but meeting new people, talking in a group, or speaking in public can cause their extreme shyness to kick in, BBC radio reported.