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Other Conditions That Can Cause Symptoms Similar to Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is not easily confused with anxiety that primarily results from physical disorders (such as head trauma or an overactive thyroid). But other mental health conditions that can produce symptoms that are similar to those of social anxiety disorder include:1

Shyness, performance anxiety, and stage fright are common and should not be confused with social anxiety disorder if the anxiety experienced does not interfere with daily activities.

Citations

  1. American Psychiatric Association (2000). Anxiety disorders. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., text rev., pp. 450–456. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedJuly 11, 2011

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Last Updated: July 11, 2011
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