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Symptoms & Signs of Intimacy Disorders
An intimacy disorder is a condition that makes it difficult to establish close or intimate relationships with other people. These relationships may be strictly emotional in nature, but they may also include various types of sexual contact. In some cases, the symptoms of a fear of intimacy may qualify as a diagnosable condition called social anxiety disorder. However, you can also experience intimacy problems without meeting the criteria for diagnosing this condition.
What Is Society Anxiety Disorder?
Social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia) is officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an anxiety disorder. All anxiety disorders produce strong forms of certain unwanted or disruptive emotions (e.g., fear, dread, worry or apprehension) in situations that don’t normally trigger these responses in the average person. A person with social anxiety disorder experiences these emotions in social situations that have the capacity to produce embarrassment or bring about the judgments of others. Fear of embarrassment or judgment may lead to a significant fear of intimacy.