Funny title about a serious question!
Clinicians are faced with a very important task of vetting out whether or not patients presenting anxiety symptoms had those symptoms prior to their addiction, OR whether they developed them as a result of their addiction. They also must determine whether the symptoms appeared a result of facing the overwhelming need to change their lives – completely. In fact, new research may make this question easier to answer. It is coming to light that at the root of all types of addiction, there is a desire to self-medicate the pain caused by mental illnesses – that includes painful or disturbing symptoms related to excessive anxiety.
Many children with severe social phobia are never identified because they
masquerade as extroverts.