Causes of Social phobia
Social phobia Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio
Gender of Patients for Social phobia: Men and women equally....more »
Gender Profile of Social phobia: Women and
men are equally likely to develop social phobia. (Source: excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NIMH)
Gender Profile of Social phobia: Social phobia occurs in women twice as often as in men, although a
higher proportion of men seeks help for this disorder.
(Source: excerpt from Facts about Social Phobia: NIMH)
Social phobia: Related Medical Conditions
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What causes Social phobia?
Article excerpts about the
causes of Social phobia:
Research to define causes of social
phobia is ongoing.
- Some investigations implicate a small structure in the brain called
the amygdala in the symptoms of social phobia. The amygdala is believed
to be a central site in the brain that controls fear responses.
- Animal studies are adding to the evidence that suggests social
phobia can be inherited. In fact, researchers supported by the National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently identified the site of a gene
in mice that affects learned fearfulness.
- One line of research is investigating a biochemical basis for the
disorder. Scientists are exploring the idea that heightened sensitivity
to disapproval may be physiologically or hormonally based.
- Other researchers are investigating the environment's influence on
the development of social phobia. People with social phobia may acquire
their fear from observing the behavior and consequences of others, a
process called observational learning or social modeling.
(Source: excerpt from Facts about Social Phobia: NIMH
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