By Lauren Smith, October 22, 2020
“When does some condition count enough to be a disorder? In the case of social anxiety, the intensity of the condition must be enough to cause life disturbance,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. In other words, are you avoiding a job interview? Limiting your social life? Missing out on events that you wish you could attend? Overrelying on alcohol to “survive” social events? These may all be ways that social anxiety disorder causes life disturbance. Many people forget or aren’t aware of this aspect of the condition, which fuels the myths about social anxiety disorder.
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