Social anxiety disorder (SAD) was at one time referred to as the “neglected anxiety disorder”. This was because up until the 1990’s, not much research had been conducted about the disorder, and few treatments had been developed. Much has changed since then as SAD is now the third most commonly diagnosed disorder, behind only depression and substance abuse.
The history of events leading up to the definition of SAD in the most recent version of the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) is an interesting historical timeline. If you have been diagnosed with SAD, learning more about the history of the disorder will help you become a better-informed patient.