Social Anxiety Disorder´╗┐Also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Anxiety (intense nervousness) and self-consciousness arise from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others.
I chose this topic because I know someone very close to me that has been diagnosed with having social anxiety disorder. Initially, I assumed that social anxiety disorder was just a condition where a particular individual experiences extreme shyness. However, upon researching this topic I realized that there is much more to this disorder. I split my research into four main categories that interested me. They are; Overview, Causes/Factors, Symptoms, Treatments, and Additional Resources. I attempted to provide at least two resources under each category with the acceptation of the Cause/Factors because there are so many that influence its' development. I also added two additional resources for teachers who deal with children/adolescents and teens that have social anxiety disorder. If you visit this wiki and only choose to view one source I would have to suggest #2 Video or the #10 link on Treatments. Both have extensive information that elaborates on the major aspects of the disorder, but it is up to your preference if you would rather read the information or observe it. While conducting the research for this project the five most important things I have learned are: 1.) Approximately 15 million American adults age 18 and over, or about 6.8 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have social phobia making it the third largest mental disorder behind Depression and Drug/Alcohol Abuse. 2.) Social Anxiety Disorder effects the different age groups (children, adolescents, teens, and adults) differently at various levels of severity. These particular groups generally react to the stressors inconsistent from one another. 3.) The various factors that influence the development of Social Anxiety Disorder (Genetic, Psychological, and Environmental) are countless. It is essential to know the signs and symptoms of the disorder and be able to use preventive techniques to halt its' development. 4.) There are tips and strategies to minimize the experience of anxiety in stressful situations that can be self-administered at the convenient of ones own time and place. 5.) There is an abundant amount of information on this subject yet it is still relatively misunderstood. Most of the general information is explained but the reasons for the causation of the influence have yet to be resolved.
  • Overview/Introduction

1.) Anxiety Overview Video (5/5): I gave this video a 5/5 because although it is short, this source provides beneficial links that contain related information. This video is an episode taken from Answers TV. It is a general overview about the topic of social anxiety disorder. This video also mentions the fact that this disorder is associated with the body's "Fight or Flight" response and provides some processes that the body inhibits in reaction to anxiety stimuli. The episode includes discussions with normal people that deal with anxiety disorders everyday. They illustrate how normal, everyday activities that are seen by people suffering from social anxiety as high stressful situations whereas normal people see it as ordinary or relaxed. I think that the most important topic discussed in this video is that there are consequences that are involved with refusing or putting off treatment for too long - there are numerous disorders that may develop if treatment is not explored.

2.) Health Matters Video (4.5/5): This video received a 4.5/5 from me based on the fact that the video seems to be a little old. Though the video's length may discredit it but the information is essential to the topic. This video is from the University of California Television Channel on Youtube. The video is an extensive, in-depth discussion with social anxiety disorder expert, Dr. Murray Stein, about the disorder that affects approximately 5% of the general population (most conservative estimate of relevancy). He compares what most people perceive as severe shyness to the evident existing disorder that restricts people from low to high levels of severity. This video emphasizes the distinction between shyness and the disorder that robs the sufferer from enjoying life activities. This video is basically an extensive study on the disorder taking look at various issues involved in the social anxiety from various perspectives on the disorder, who it effects, its' symptoms, treatments, ect.
  • Causes/Factors
Causes and Factors Links - Genetics (3.5/5) - Psychological (3/5) - Environmental (4/5): The reason why I granted only 3-3.5 on the first two sources is because they are very brief but to the point. The last one (Environmental Factors) has an abundant amount of information on those factors and how they specifically effect the individual. These articles focus on the causes of social anxiety. All of these articles were written by psychology experts on the subject. The factors that cause social anxiety can be classified by three main categories; Genetic Factors, Psychological Factors, and Environmental Factors. Just as physical features such as hair and eye color are inherited, sensitivity to criticism or social scrutiny may be passed on from one generation to the next. The psychological factors include much of what is involved with early childhood. The most substantial information, though, can be found in the "Environmental Factors" link. It is an extensive review on the environmental factors that are associated with social anxiety disorder. Of the links that are provided, I believe that this review has the most substantial information regarding the factors/causes of the disorder. By clicking on the links below the images, you will be redirected to articles with additional information on the factor that it is associated with.

3.) Genetic Factors Link
4.) Psychological Factors Link

5.) Environmental Factors Link

6.) Collective Factors
  • Common Symptoms

7.) Slideshow (3/5): I gave this slideshow a 3 because of the minimal amount of information that is found in it. This slideshow is a convenient and simple presentation of social anxiety disorder. It includes symptoms involved in the disorder with well-developed descriptions of each. It also consists of recommendations for treatment claiming that psychotherapy has shown the most consistent results and should be the first option of treatment. In addition to psychotherapy this slideshow also mentions the process of desensitization as a treatment as well. I would recommend this slideshow for anyone who has a simple presentation to give. It contains annotative pictures that illustrates the severity of anxiety that a typical sufferer experiences when he or she encounters stressful situations. It does not give much information in its' text yet the information that it does include could be elaborated on substantially.
8.) ´╗┐SymptomsThis source provides additional information about social anxiety disorder. It gives you various triggers for social anxiety and different situations where panic may occur. In addition it provides examples of both the physical symptoms of the disorder as well as the psychological symptoms. This resource may provide the most useful information for those who may suffer from this disorder or know someone close who does. The article provides helpful tips on reducing the physical symptoms of social anxiety disorder and renders convenient relaxation techniques for anxiety relief. Furthermore, the article also gives self-managing techniques and practices that will reduce general stress from ones' life. While the article itself provides immense information on the aspects of social anxiety disorder, it also includes links to other essential sights for even more additional information.
  • Treatment

9.) Social Anxiety Treatment Slideshow (4.5/5): This slideshow is very easy to follow with beneficial information about treatment for this disorder. It is conveniently narrated so that confusion may be eliminated. I like this source because it provides practices that a sufferer may choose to try by his or herself. Since one of the underlying symptoms of social anxiety is the stress involved with being in the public's sight, these may be convenient for those who do suffer. This will allow them to try things at home first before pursuing outside treatment.

TREATMENT LINKS10.) Treatment Link (5/5): This source may also be the best source that provides the most information regarding all aspects of social anxiety disorder. Not does it provide the most treatments in general but it also explains how each treatment affects your body. Furthermore, this article also includes information on the official criteria for social anxiety disorder which I never ran across in any other resource. This is the most complete resource that I have retained in my research.
  • Additional Resources - (click on picture)
    • 11.) Social Anxiety for Children and Adolescents

    • 12.) Resources of ´╗┐Social Anxiety in Teens