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"The Global Learning Series" and New York State Psychiatric Institute to Raise Awareness of Social Anxiety Disorder in "Understanding Mental Health"

N.Y. State Psychiatric Institute and “The Global Learning Series,” announced today, that the education-focused television program distributed to public television, will feature Social Anxiety Disorder(SAD) in an episode called "Understanding Mental Health."

New York, NY, May 02, 2008 (PR.com) New York State Psychiatric Institute and “The Global Learning Series,” announced today, that the education-focused television program distributed to public television, will feature Social Anxiety Disorder(SAD) in an episode called "Understanding Mental Health."

The show will be distributed this fall to public television stations and several cable television stations throughout the country and globally on both the web and U.S. Government Voice of America (VOA) Television. Dr. Franklin Schneier at N.Y. State Psychiatric Institute will be featured on the program and will educate viewers about SAD symptoms and treatment.

“We will bring greater understanding of SAD to the global medical and patient community, with a special sensitivity towards persons with SAD or those who know someone with SAD, empowering them to take action regarding treatment,” said John McGuire, Executive Producer of Programming for “The Global Learning Series.”

This education-focused television and webcast program is supported by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

About Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is diagnosed when people become overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations. People with social anxiety disorder have an intense, persistent, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that might embarrass them. They can worry for days or weeks before a dreaded situation. This fear may become so severe that it interferes with work, school, and other ordinary activities, and can make it hard to make and keep friends.

Social anxiety disorder affects about 15 million American adults. People commonly develop the disorder in childhood or early adolescence. There is some evidence that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. Social anxiety disorder is often accompanied by other anxiety disorders or depression, and substance abuse may develop if people try to self medicate their anxiety.

Social anxiety disorder can be successfully treated with certain kinds of psychotherapy or medications.

About New York State Psychiatric Institute

Founded in 1896, the New York State Psychiatric Institute (PI) continues to contribute importantly to knowledge about understanding and treating psychiatric disorder and is ranked among the best psychiatric research facilities in the world today. Noted for its research on depression and suicide, schizophrenia, anxiety and child psychiatric disorders, PI is also at the forefront of research dedicated to unraveling the brain’s mysteries. Its scientists constitute the core of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. In 2000, Dr. Eric Kandel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for research in his labs at PI on the cellular basis of memory. Visit www.nyspi.org for more info.


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About “The Global Learning Series”

“The Global Learning Series” is education-focused, issue-oriented and non-commercial programming, independently produced by GTS Education Inc. and distributed directly to public television stations throughout the United States and globally to VOA Television. “The Global Learning Series” strictly follows the standards and practices of public television and is distributed freely to public television stations nationwide. “The Global Learning Series” program is not affiliated with PBS. For program information, contact: info@thegloballearningseries.tv.


New York State Psychiatric Institute
Dacia Morris
Public Information Officer
212.543.5421

The Global Learning Series
John McGuire
Executive Producer
561.338.7479

Source: 11/5/2010 Business Wire


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