Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, refers to the development of an irrational fear linked with everyday social interactions. The distress may be due to fear of judgement, failure and/or peer evaluation, which all causes self-doubt and eventually leads to isolation. In the United States about 6.8% of the population suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Similarly, 6.7% of American adults develop a major depressive disorder episode every year. Depression is a mental health disorder associated with a constant negative mood and life outlook, which can cause extreme impairment in a person’s daily life. These serious disorders have become two of the most widespread in the U.S. and researchers are now interested in their correlation, if any.

A new study by Dr. Julia Lander and her team at Washington University determined that social anxiety and depression are more closely related than we may have originally thought. They discovered seven crossover symptoms between the two mental health disorders—the team refers to these symptoms as “nodes.” These nodes could be the key to developing more targeted and effective treatments for depression and anxiety. The nodes include:

1. Development of unusual irritability

2. Feeling anxiety when faced with public speaking, or when in front of specific individuals, i.e. a potential romantic partner, a public figure, or even a stranger

3. Feeling rising anxiety when facing a potentially embarrassing situation

4. Worthlessness, the feeling that one does not deserve to be happy

5. Unstable moods, or the feeling that one is falling to pieces and can’t be saved

6. Intense depression, feeling that there is no way out

7. An inability to be happy; having no sense of cheerfulness or joy

Surprising results revealed that the core overlap node is worthlessness. Whether or not social anxiety causes depression or vice versa remains unknown. However, with these key nodes identified mental healthcare physicians can treat specific symptoms rather than generalized disorders, which prepares a path for more effective treatment. We are hopeful that this correlation will help increase overall wellness in suffering individuals.

Currently, the first line of treatment for anxiety and depression usually includes: medications, such as antidepressants; psychotherapy; and holistic options, such as, acupuncture. All of these depression and anxiety treatments may produce positive results, but if a patient is having no luck, then ketamine infusions are a highly viable alternate. Ketamine infusions for the treatment of psychiatric conditions have been available since the early part of this century, and the positive outcomes are undeniable. Our clinic has seen a series of ketamine treatments provide patients with rapid, highly-effective, and lasting results. With a 70% success rate for treatment-resistant depression, we have seen first-hand how ketamine changes lives.

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