According to ICD-10 guidelines, the main diagnostic criteria of social phobia are fear of being the focus of attention, or fear of behaving in a way that will be embarrassing or humiliating, avoidance and anxiety symptoms.
Standardized rating scales can be used to screen for social anxiety disorder and measure the severity of anxiety.
I once tweeted “The hotter the woman, the lower the standards of good mental health” because men too often allow serious personality issues to slide when dealing with a very attractive woman. A Cluster B woman can be awfully attractive until she reveals her true nature.
These behaviors can be extremely serious stuff and can too easily ruin a man’s life. The Cluster B woman will eventually get impatient and that can easily reveal her true personality. Marriage or cohabitation should be entered with extreme caution and a very long time of prior exclusivity. Many men report to wildest and best sex with such women only to be blindsided later in the relationship with extraordinarily destructive behavior.
Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations, causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life.
These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others.
But for 40 million Americans, anxiety disorders are debilitating and omnipresent, and women are as likely to suffer as men, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
"There is an intense, constant fear that is hard to describe," says Laura Rowe, 34, of Denver.
"It's a sinking feeling in your stomach—almost as if someone is stalking you and you never know when those arms are going to wrap around you and drag you away." And more and more of us are being diagnosed: A recent study of about 63,700 college students found that five times as many young adults are dealing with high levels of anxiety as in the late 1930s (itself a stressful time! The signs of anxiety's prevalence among women are everywhere: Ads for anti-anxiety drugs run frequently on TV shows often aimed at women; young female stars, like the actress Amanda Seyfried, confide their own experiences in the press; websites like attract thousands of users.
, and apple seeds in your bed—it’s hard to know where to look when you lose your keys.
The other day, after two weeks of fruitless searching, I found my keys in the refrigerator on top of the roasted garlic hummus. I surprised when my psychiatrist diagnosed me with ADHD two years ago, when I was a junior at Yale.