Researchers in England examined shame and social anxiety in a cross-sectional sample of people with and without psychosis. They found that social anxiety disorder (SAD) is “surprisingly prevalent among people with psychosis.” The authors suggest that shame cognitions “arising from a stigmatizing illness play a significant role in social anxiety in psychosis.” The article appeared in the FirstView section of Psychological Medicine on May 21, 2012.
Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” editor:
Of course this study can make no inferences about etiology or causation, being a cross-sectional study, and the question of whether the shame and/or social anxiety pre-existed social anxiety and/or psychosis is open for discussion.
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