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Social Anxiety Disorder

Prepare a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you examine your selected psychological disorder. Include the following:

* Epidemiology of selected disorder
* Socio-cultural and environmental factors associated with the disorder
* Relationship between human development and socialization as it relates to your selected disorder
* Treatment of disorder (Be sure to include information about why understanding one's culture is relevant to treating & diagnosing the selected disorder and various treatment options) What are treatment options?

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Social Anxiety disorder (SAD), based on the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR, 2000) is characterized by marked persistent fears of one or more social or performance situations in which a person is exposed to by others.

Epidemiology of Selected Disorder

Under DSM-III-R criteria, children with social fears could be given a diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder, over Anxious disorder, or Avoidant disorder of childhood. SAD has an early age onset, but can appear across a broad age range. If prevalence rates are conditioned, the epidemiological estimates for social fear increase. According to Beidel & Turner (2008), in special anxiety clinics, 15% of children seeking treatment for a primary diagnosis had Social Anxiety Disorder and another 3% had a primary diagnosis of Avoidant Disorder of childhood.

Socio-cultural environmental factors associated with the disorder

SAD exists across both genders and within various racial & ethnic groups with the highest rate of SAD found among those ...

Solution Summary

This soluiton discusses the epidemiology of Social Anxiety Disorder.

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