From the category archives:

Diagnosis

In early June, two Major League baseball players were put on the disabled list for social anxiety disorder. The players were from two different teams (and in another twist, the teams played each other on the day the players were put on the disabled list).

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We recently discussed panic attacks, and noted that panic attacks are a recognized social phobia that can be diagnosed and treated using moder medical techniques. Today we discuss “agoraphobia” — an anxiety disorder that is closely related to panic disorders.

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Do you experience sudden onsets of fearfulness or intense apprehension? When it happens, are you short of breath? Do you have heart palpitations or chest pain? You may be experiencing “panic attacks”. Let’s learn more about how professionals diagnose this disorder.

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Ever wonder what the “officially” recognized anxiety disorders are? Is “social anxiety disorder” a mental disorder that is recognized (and treated) by psychiatrists? The answer is “yes”. Learn more here.

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Many people who have not experienced Social Anxiety Disorder confuse it with shyness or don’t consider it to be a real disorder with real impact on people.

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