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Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

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Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) or Social Phobia

People with SAD feel anxious or nervous in one or more social situations. While most people feel anxious some of the time in some social situations, for people with SAD, the anxiety is strong and long-lasting and gets in the way of them doing things they want to do, especially when they avoid social situations that cause them to feel uncomfortable.


Do you feel very nervous or anxious in any of the following situations? Do you feel a need to avoid any of these situations? If you answered “yes” and have found that the anxiety in one or more of these situations is getting in your way, you may consider speaking with your physician or mental health professional about your concerns.

___Parties ___Talking with people in authority
___Participating in meetings or classes ___Dating situations

___Talking in front of a group ___Initiating a conversation

___Speaking with unfamiliar people ___Maintaining a conversation

___Using public restrooms ___Other social situation

___Writing in public, such as signing checks, filling out forms

___Being assertive, such as refusing unreasonable requests
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