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Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Anxiety disorder is a chronic condition characterized by an excessive and persistent sense of apprehension with physical symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, and feelings of stress. Anxiety disorders have biological and environmental causes. Anxiety disorders are very common, affecting one in 10 Americans. A sub-variety is call the social anxiety disorder. This involves excessive fear of embarrassment in social situations that is extremely intrusive and can have debilitating effects on personal and professional relationships. It is also called social phobia. Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. Person affected recognize the fear may be excessive or unreasonable, but are unable to overcome it. The symptoms and signs of social phobia include blushing, sweating, trembling, rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, nausea or other stomach discomfort, and lightheadedness.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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