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How are social anxiety disorders diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Doctors diagnose social anxiety disorders based on the presence of the symptoms and the absence of a physical explanation for the problem. You may be referred to a mental health care provider for confirmation of the diagnosis and treatment. Doctors will compare the symptoms you describe to the social anxiety disorder criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

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