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.
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.
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.
It's the fear of negative evaluation by others, and that is [part of] a very fundamental, biological need to be liked. Khazan: Does everyone get socially anxious, or just certain people?
So you might be able to perform normally during daily life, but you're terribly distressed around these social situations, such as meeting people, giving speeches, or doing things in front of people.Is it more common than regular anxiety, or less severe?Where would you place social anxiety on the anxiety map?It actually is also ranked, in comparison to all the other mental disorders, as one of the most common disorders, next only to depression and substance use disorder.Thirteen out of 100 people meet criteria for social anxiety disorder [at some point in life].
The good news is that it’s highly treatable, according to Stefan G.