Social Phobia: Prevalence and Diagnostic Threshold
J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62(suppl 1):5-10
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This article reviews the literature on the prevalence and demographic features of social phobia in
both community and general medical settings. The age at onset of social phobia is examined, as are
comorbid conditions. Important differences between social phobia as it appears in the community and
in primary care settings are explored. We conclude that social phobia is common and associated with
significant impairment in a number of life areas. We discuss the diagnostic threshold of social phobia
and potential difficulties in differentiating this disorder from other mental disorders.