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Social Anxiety Disorder: The Illness of Missed Opportunities

Dr. Emma Warnock-Parkes

Dr. Emma Warnock-Parkes (@EmmaWParkes) is a clinical psychologist, accredited BABCP CBT therapist, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Oxford and King’s College London, working alongside Professors David Clark and Anke Ehlers developing the models and treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).

In addition to working as a trial therapist, carrying out research and supervising students she also lectures at a number of Universities across the UK.

Today we explore what is apparently the third largest mental health care problem in the world today, social anxiety disorder. So, what’s the difference between social anxiety disorder and plain old shyness? Are people really judging us, and staring at us, or is it just all in our heads? More to the point, why do we even care? What are the irrational thoughts that drive social anxiety? How does it come to affect people’s lives, and most importantly, what can we do to overcome it? All this and more in today’s episode.

 

 

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