Some "social anxiety" may really be a disease


Recently, Vestazin Corporation of the United States announced on its official website that the drug PH94B developed by the company for "social phobia" has met the standards in phase three clinical trials. The researchers of the company stated that they have customized treatment plans for some patients based on PH94B and have observed an overall reduction and improvement in patients' social anxiety symptoms. The release of this news has attracted widespread attention from "social terrorists" in various regions. Currently, "social anxiety" has become a popular term. Many young people label themselves as "social phobia" to express their characteristics of feeling uncomfortable in social situations. So, is "social anxiety" really a disease? Do you need medication? With these questions in mind, a reporter from Science and Technology Daily interviewed relevant experts. Partial pathological "social anxiety" is also influenced by genetic factors. "Many times, people's term" social anxiety "does not necessarily refer to a real disease, but rather a psychological state." Meng Fanqiang, deputy chief physician of Beijing Anding Hospital affiliated with Capital Medical University, said that feeling nervous in specific scenarios, such as blushing and heart rate acceleration, is very common and does not belong to pathological "social anxiety". The boundary between "normal" and "disease" lies in the severity of the symptoms and their impact on life, work, and learning. When a person's social anxiety symptoms cause them to be unable to engage in normal social activities, such as avoiding social venues extensively, thinking of social scenes that can lead to tension, and even fear of meeting others, similar symptoms lasting for more than 6 months, there may be pathological "social phobia". Social anxiety disorder, also known as social anxiety disorder, is a mental illness in the medical sense. Its main characteristic is persistent fear of social situations or behaviors that may trigger social interaction. Once faced with this situation, patients will experience a physiological reaction of anxiety. Although many patients are aware of this situation, due to the fact that this physiological response is not subjectively controlled by the patient, many patients still try their best to avoid relevant social occasions, and some patients may even completely isolate themselves from society. Meng Fanqiang introduced that there are generally two causes of social anxiety disorder: the first is biological genetic factors. Among patients with social anxiety disorder, more than 30% of the disease is influenced by genetic factors; The second type is social psychological factors, such as the unfavorable growth environment during adolescence and multiple experiences of failure in social situations, which can distort people's understanding of social behavior and generate sustained negative thinking. There are these reference standards for determining social anxiety disorder. Although the term "social anxiety" is widely known, in real life, people often cannot accurately assess their psychological state in social aspects, and often overestimate or underestimate their mental health level. So, as an ordinary person, how do you determine if you have social anxiety disorder? In response to this issue, Fu Lei, a national second-level psychological consultant and an expert in mental health services for employees of the Qingdao Federation of Trade Unions, has provided three criteria for determining whether emotions are excessively tense, whether behavioral abnormalities occur, and whether there are obvious symptoms

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