Later on, we obviously will still be uncomfortable in novel social situations, it’s quite normal.
It becomes, obviously, a problem if we are too distressed.
They might not marry, they might have very few friends, they might not go out for parties.
In other words, they might not feel much distress because they’re living isolated lives, but at the same time they would like to be social.
Hofmann: In psychiatry we have a group of what we call anxiety disorders, and that includes social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, and the like.
Social anxiety disorder is the most common form among all the anxiety disorders.
Comorbidity means the coexistence of two or more problems in one individual.
The most common problem for people with social anxiety disorder is actually depression.
Hofmann: Well, it would be very abnormal not to be socially anxious.The good news is that it’s highly treatable, according to Stefan G.Hofmann, the director of the Social Anxiety Program at Boston University.Khazan: When you say they feel lots of distress, what kinds of things might they be feeling?Hofmann: Often people will report panic attacks, anxiety attacks.Is it more common than regular anxiety, or less severe?