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Social Anxiety Disorder - Exams and Tests

Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed based on your medical history, physical exam, and sometimes a mental health assessment, which is an evaluation of psychological symptoms.

Blood or urine tests may also be done to rule out other medical conditions that can cause similar symptoms (such as hyperthyroidism).

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Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder -- Diagnosis and Treatment

The first step is to rule out the possibility that your symptoms are being caused by a medical condition that is not psychiatric. Among the conditions that produce symptoms similar to those of anxiety are hyperthyroidism or other endocrine problems, too much or too little calcium, low blood sugar, and certain heart problems. A thorough evaluation by your health care provider will determine if any of these conditions are the cause of your symptoms. If no other medical culprit can be found and the...

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Last Updated: June 13, 2013
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