Social Phobia in Youth: More Than Just Shyness
Worcester, Sharon, Clinical Psychiatry News
Social phobia is an impairing psychiatric disorder that transcends typical human shyness, according to findings from the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement, which examined the rate of shyness and its overlap with social phobia in a nationally representative sample of adolescents. Yet, no significant differences were seen between adolescents characterized as shy and those who met the diagnostic criteria for social phobia in the use of prescribed medications.
The findings of the study, which involved face-to-face interviews with 10,123 adolescents aged 13-18 years, suggest there is little overlap between shyness and social phobia. The …
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Publication information: Article title: Social Phobia in Youth: More Than Just Shyness. Contributors: Worcester, Sharon - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 39. Issue: 11 Publication date: November 2011. Page number: 2. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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