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Social anxiety hits during the holidays

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For about 12 percent of the U-S population, interacting socially can be terrifying.

Psychologists say the main concern is the fear of embarrassing themselves, maybe looking foolish and a fear that other people will judge them negatively.

Experts say this goes beyond being shy. They say social anxiety is a very real mental health condition with physical as well as emotional symptoms.

One of the barriers to treatment is a failure to accurately diagnose it and patients are often embarrassed to admit they might have social anxiety to their doctor.

But this is a real disorder with an effective treatment which if it's coupled with depression might also require medication.

Source: DR. KRISTY DALRYMPLE, PSYCHOLOGIST

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