Early Childhood Trauma v. Social Anxiety Disorder
Moraine Valley Community College
These articles explain information on causes of social anxiety disorder (SAD). SAD is caused by emotional and physical abuse. I will be summarizing and comparing both a popular article of Psychology Today: Mirror, Mirror: Seeing yourself as others see you and a scholarly article in Annals of General Psychiatry: An analysis of early development trauma in social anxiety disorder (SAD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Popular article Mirror Mirror: Seeing Yourself as Others See You is an article in a magazine by Carlin Flora. She explains to the reader the way we see ourselves is the way we think people will see us. We as humans want and need to feel accepted and that’s the reason why we feel this social anxiety when we feel like we are being judged or not accepted. Humans are constantly relying on others to feel good about their selves. Flora uses findings of psychologist Paul Ekman that explains the effects of first impressions and Professor of psychology Mark Leary which explains the way self-concept can trigger these anxieties. This article informs the reader that when you focus on just your flaws and worry about how you come off at social events it will limit your behavior and suppress your spirit (Flora, 2005). The scholarly article of Annals of General Psychiatry: An analysis of early childhood trauma in social anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, is a study conducted to analyze the development of social anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder during childhood (before the age of 18) due to some type of abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual). The Department of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine and Health Services conducted this experiment to see which kind of childhood trauma play a major role in these disorders. This study was performed with several patients who had severe/moderate SAD and PSTD, these patients...
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