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There's No Social Anxiety Disorder In Baseball (Fer Chrissakes)!

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While few doubt the pressure of playing at the major league level, at least one mental-health professional raised an eyebrow at the growing number of social anxiety disorder diagnoses. "I’m very suspicious of that diagnosis," said Dr. Allan Lans, a psychiatrist who practices in New York and has worked with athletes throughout his career, most notably as a member of the Mets’ staff. "It’s not like catching the chickenpox; there has to be a history." Lans said social anxiety was a real ailment but was being overdiagnosed. Once a player reaches the majors, Lans said, the issue should not be a surprise.

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