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Introduction. New Frontiers in the Management of Social Anxiety Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Clinical Course

Mark H. Pollack, MD

Published: September 1, 1999

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Social anxiety disorder is the most prevalent anxiety disorder and among the most common psychiatric disorders overall. Characterized by an intense and persistent fear of being scrutinized by others, social anxiety disorder has 1-year and lifetime prevalence rates of approximately 8% and 13%, respectively.1 Social anxiety disorder typically emerges in childhood or adolescence and has a chronic course.’ ‹’ ‹

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