Risk Factors for Social Anxiety Disorder
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop
Risk factors for social anxiety disorder include the following:
Other Mental Disorders
Rates of social anxiety disorder are higher in people who have another anxiety disorder, such as
The disorder typically begins in childhood or early adolescence. It rarely develops after age 25.
Rates of social anxiety disorder are higher in first degree relatives. Genetic influence is estimated to be between 30% to 40%.
- Heart disease
- Difficulty seeing or hearing
- Painful condition
Childhood experiences associated with an increased risk of social anxiety disorder include: physical or
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