Social Anxiety Disorder Restricts Lives - PT448

Social Anxiety Disorder Restricts Lives

by Gayle Johnson Bohrer, RN, MSN
(4.5 / 235 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Social anxiety disorder, previously called social phobia, is a relatively common condition that creates significant distress for those affected. Certain types of social or performance situations trigger it. The person often attempts to deal with the anxiety by avoiding all situations that may trigger it. Social anxiety disorder is treatable; the main barrier is often the patient and caregiver’s lack of awareness of the problem and of the potential for treatment. In everyday life, social anxiety disorder is often misinterpreted as shyness. People with the disorder are frequently misperceived as being aloof or uncaring. In the healthcare setting, social anxiety disorder can masquerade as nonadherence. With knowledge about this common but often hidden disorder, healthcare professionals as a team can help when they ask pertinent and sensitive questions that may bring the patient closer to diagnosis and treatment.


The goal of this continuing education program is to inform nurses, physical therapists, radiologic technologists and social workers of the symptoms, treatment and healthcare implications of social anxiety disorder. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the prevalence of social anxiety disorder
  • List two physical and two cognitive symptoms of social anxiety disorder
  • List two implications of social anxiety disorder for healthcare practice

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, paramedics, EMTs, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, radiologic technologists and social workers.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S1646 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14; 14S1229 for 07/02/14 to 07/02/15; 15S1543 for 07/03/15 to 07/03/16; 16S1786 for 07/04/16 to 07/04/17; 17S5465 for 07/05/17 to 07/05/18); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020959 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021451 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024033 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27150 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539012 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539012 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5150 for 07/19/13 to 07/18/14; 5664 for 07/19/14 to 07/18/15; 6235 for 07/19/15 to 07/18/16; 2016-202 for 07/19/16 to 07/18/17); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004927 for 08/28/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006756 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010072 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1354-2012 for 07/23/13 to 01/31/14; 242-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-853 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/17/13 to 07/31/15.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4960 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 1/11/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/11/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/11/2019


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Maura T - Berwyn, PA  ·  Sep 22, 2018
Good reminder of what this population is dealing with. Hits home a little but with me as I deal with some of these issues.
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maria w - Reseda, CA  ·  Aug 19, 2018
very interesting and helpful to understand what goes on in the mind of a mentally stressed person so that maybe i can guild him to seek help
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TIFFANY K - Lancaster, TX  ·  Jul 29, 2018
brief but detailed information provided, which can be easily accessed for reference in future pt cases
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Jannar C - Peoria, IL  ·  Jun 19, 2018
provided a lot of information I was unaware of
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Raymond W - San Diego, CA  ·  Apr 26, 2018
Helpful information to treat patients and identify problems
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Price: $19.00
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