Social Anxiety Disorder Essay

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Defining Social Anxiety Disorder- DSM definition (Dsm IV TR)- current version being DSM V

According to DSM V, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), is defined as a persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be embarrassing and humiliating (DSM V, 2014).

Defining home environment

Home environment refers to aspects of people’s domestic lives that contribute to their living conditions. These factors may be physical (poverty, psychological conditions due to parenting; social circumstances (Empty nest, living alone etc or wider cultural patterns of life related to the location (Suburban environments, Urban environments

Justify your research question and explain why this topic has been chosen. Why is it significant and worthy of a discussion?

SAD is the third most prevalent mental disorder behind depression and alcoholism. About 5.3 million American adults have social phobia, which usually begins in childhood or adolescence, according to NIMH. For many social phobics, preoccupation with what others think may interfere in their job, school, relationships or other social activities. "Everyday interactions can become very problematic for people with social anxiety disorder," (Dittmann, 2005). Recent update of Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) stated that about 15 million American adults have social anxiety disorder. 36 percent of people with social anxiety disorder report symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help. Furthermore, reported typical age of onset is 13 years old (ADAA, 2014) suggests that children and adolesce...

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...d the evidence that you have used. Weigh up the two (or more) sides of the argument.

Give a complete evaluation of the research issues in relation to the topic and any questions that you have not yet answered.

There is limited research conducted to assess the contribution of nature (genetic links) and nurture (parenting styles and home environment) factors to the onset of SAD in adolescents, despite the extensive amount of studies that established and support the nature/nurture link to SAD onsets.

Conclusion: What will you conclude in relation to your research question?

The importance of parenting rearing behaviour (overprotection and rejection) is emphasized through the extensive amount of empirical researches and studies. However, there are many counter-argument that effectively establish an interaction between both genetic and environmental factor.

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