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What should I know to care for someone who has social anxiety disorders?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Humans are naturally social, so the inability to participate in normal social activities can be a source of great emotional distress for a person with social anxiety disorder. Social phobias can have life-long effects on a person's quality of life, and treatment can take time to work. Activities that many people take for granted, like going to a job, seeking medical care, or even making eye contact with other people can be very difficult for people with social anxiety disorders. Your patience, reassurance, and assistance with their self-help efforts can go a long way toward helping a socially phobic person manage their condition.

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