Decision made

After hard working and deep research, I have decided to direct my project in one route. Childlike play, creativity, imagination, and fear of judgment has lead to a topic that I felt was interested and has been avoided; social phobia. Social anxiety disorder is a substantial fear of being judged by others, which relates to public embarrassment and cause a high level of shyness and it has the ability to impact a person’s life and perhaps ruin it too.

The National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, USA have found that several parts of the brain play a part in increasing that anxiety and they speculate that they are capable of coming up with a better medical treatment for the brain; on the other hand, the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham, UK doesn’t include this phobia in their research. 

Taijin Kyofusho is a Japanese culture-specific syndrome that is another term of social anxiety disorder used in Japan and is the fear (Kyofu) of interpersonal relations (Taijin) disorder (sho) and is caused by emotional trauma or psychological defence mechanism. In 1994, social phobia was added to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) but its diagnostic criteria has changed drastically in the DSM-5 and was renamed as social anxiety disorder and even though the Japanese syndrome was not listed in the fourth edition of DSM but it has been added to the list in 2013 under “Other Specified Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders”. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that classifies the different types of mental disorders by using researchers, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, psychiatrics, and legal systems to evaluate the type of each disorder.



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