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What increases my risk for social anxiety disorders?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Women are more are more likely to be diagnosed with social anxiety disorders than men, and people with a family history of social phobia are at higher risk for developing the disorder. Higher incidence of social anxiety disorders is also associated with childhood shyness. Individuals who were subjected to teasing as children may also be at higher risk for developing social phobia.

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