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10 Things to Stop Doing If You Have a Loved One With Social Anxiety Disorder

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Updated March 31, 2012

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10 Things to Stop Doing If You Have a Loved One With Social Anxiety Disorder

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Maybe your son hasn't left his room in weeks. Perhaps your daughter keeps dropping classes in which she will have to give speeches or presentations. Maybe a family friend appears anxious and always leaves social gatherings early.

Not everyone who displays these types of behaviors will have social anxiety disorder (SAD), but you owe it to your friend or loved one to at least dig a little deeper.

If you meet resistance, remember that the hardest thing for someone with SAD to do is admit their social fears. Your loved one fears that you will judge or criticize her for being weak. She also feels embarrassed talking to you about the problem. Make sure that you bring up the topic in a non-judgmental way and be ready to drop it if the conversation does not go well. Try again another time, and you might eventually be able to dig a little deeper. Getting a Diagnosis of SAD

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