Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
THESE ARE THE PROPOSED REAL CRITERIA FOR DSM5 DUE IN 2013.
CLICK ON LINK TO ACCESS ALL THE PROPOSED REVISIONS TO CONDITIONS JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.
READ THESE DESCRIPTORS AND ASK YOURSELF WILL NUMBERS OF FALSE POSITIVES INCREASE WITH THIS QUALITY OF CRITERIA?
A. Marked fear or anxiety about one or more social situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny by others. Examples include social interactions (e.g., having a conversation), being observed (e.g., eating or drinking), or performing in front of others (e.g., giving a speech).
B. The individual fears that he or she will act in a way, or show anxiety symptoms, that will be negatively evaluated (i.e., be humiliating, embarrassing, lead to rejection, or offend others).
C. The social situations consistently provoke fear or anxiety. Note: in children, the fear or anxiety may be expressed by crying, tantrums, freezing, clinging, shrinking or refusal to speak in social situations.
D. The social situations are avoided or endured with intense fear or anxiety.
E. The fear or anxiety is out of proportion to the actual danger posed by the social situation. NOTE: Out of proportion refers to the sociocultural context; see text.
F. The duration is at least 6 months.
G. The fear, anxiety, and avoidance cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
H. The fear, anxiety, and avoidance are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.
I. The fear, anxiety, and avoidance are not restricted to the symptoms of another mental disorder, such as Panic Disorder (e.g., anxiety about having a panic attack), Agoraphobia (e.g, avoidance of situations in which the individual may become incapacitated), Separation Anxiety Disorder (e.g., fear of being away from home or close relative), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (e.g., fear of public exposure of perceived physical flaws), or Autism Spectrum Disorder
J. If a general medical condition (e.g., stuttering, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, disfigurement from burns or injury) is present, the fear, anxiety, or avoidance is clearly unrelated to it or is excessive.