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Glossary of Social Anxiety Disorder Terms

Definitions of commonly used terms relating to Social Anxiety Disorder.
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Self-esteem is a personality trait that reflects the way a person generally perceives themselves and their value.

A relapse is a complete return to a previous way of functioning after a period of improvement.

Spotlight Effect
The spotlight effect is a term used by social psychologists to refer to the overestimation of the degree to which others notice your appearance, behavior, and mistakes in social situations.

Perfectionism is a personality trait that may be associated with social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Albert Ellis
Albert Ellis was a psychologist best known for developing rational emotive behavior therapy in the 1950's.

Aaron Beck
Aaron Beck is a psychologist best known for pioneering cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Hypervigilance refers to a heightened awareness of people and situations that provoke anxiety.

Aphasia Voluntaria
Aphasia voluntaria is another term for selective mutism.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
The DSM-5 is the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Post Mortem
In the context of social anxiety disorder, post mortem refers to the period of time after a social event or performance when the sufferer remembers only negative aspects of the situation.

Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety (AKFSA)
The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety (AKFSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about social anxiety disorder.

Social Anxiety Institute
The Social Anxiety Institute is run by Dr. Thomas Richards and offers self-help and group therapy programs for social anxiety disorder.

SUDS Rating
The SUDS rating is a measure of fear and anxiety completed using the Subjective Units of Distress Scale. It is sometimes employed as part of a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach for social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Tachycardia refers to a faster than normal heartbeat.

Habituation refers to the tendency for symptoms of anxiety to naturally lessen over time during exposure to a triggering situation.

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