T12 – 3.2 What are the Differentiating Factors of PTSD and Social Anxiety Disorder?
What are the Differentiating Factors of PTSD and Social Anxiety Disorder?
- PTSD can only be diagnosed if the symptoms are directly related to one or more traumatic events.
- A diagnosis of social anxiety disorder disorder is not tied to trauma exposure.
- The persistent worry and anxiety associated with PTSD are linked to stimuli associated with the traumatic event(s) (e.g., intrusive trauma-related memories, trauma-related reminders in the environment).
- Social anxiety disorder involves persistent worry and anxiety about being negatively evaluated and scrutinized by others (e.g., meeting new people).