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Why you feel anxious socializing (and what to do about it) - Fallon Goodman


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In crowds, at parties, meetings, get-togethers with friends, everyday interactions: social anxiety can show up as an unwelcome guest at any time. But why? Psychologist Fallon Goodman digs into the source of social anxiety, setting the record straight about this common condition with practical solutions to help you feel the most authentically "you" while out and about.

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Do you feel like you’re constantly being observed and judged in social situations? This debilitating feeling is called social anxiety and one in 14 people in the world deal with it. In this personal essay, Ascend editor Rakshitha Arni Ravishankar speaks with psychologist Ellen Hendriksen to understand what social anxiety is and how to cope with it.

According to data from the 2007 National Comorbidity Survey, an estimated 12.1 percent of U.S. adults experience social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. For more information, see here. According to data from the World Mental Health Survey Initiative, the estimated lifetime prevalence for social anxiety disorder across all surveyed countries was 4 percent. For more information, see here.

According to data from the World Mental Health Survey, for individuals with either lifetime or 12-month social anxiety disorder (SAD), SAD preceded a mood disorder (major depressive episode or bipolar disorder) in approximately 70 percent of cases. Similarly, data from the US National Comorbidity Survey indicates that SAD precedes major depression in approximately 71.9 percent of individuals with both disorders

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