Social Phobia

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What is Social Phobia/ Social Anxiety Disorder?

People with the diagnosis of Social Phobia experiences persistent, intense anxiety generally linked to the presence of other people or in social situations.  They irrationally believe that they are being critically judged by others, they know or don't know.   Being shy as a child is nothing abnormal, but children with social phobia have intense fear of daily situation, such as going to school, playing with other kids, talking to teachers or adults, and so on.  However social phobias typically begin in adolescence and interfere with developing friendships with peers

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Emotional symptoms:

  • Negative emotional cycles
  • Dysmorphia concerning part of their body (most commonly the face)
  • Extreme fear of being watched or judged by others, especially people you don’t know
  • Fear that you’ll act in ways that will embarrass or humiliate yourself
  • Fear that others will notice that you’re nervous

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Physical symptoms:

  • Blushing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach, nausea
  • Trembling (including shaky voice)
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dry throat and mouth

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Behavioral symptoms:

  • Avoiding social situations or certain activities because of fear of embarrassment or being the center of attention
  • Becoming isolated; may drop out of school or quit job

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Treatments

These aforementioned symptoms can significantly affect the individual’s daily life and relationships.People with social phobia can benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT. For medication, benzodiazepines and certain SSRIs might also be the treatment of choice; however medication alone has no long-term benefits for people with social anxiety.


Late Updated: Aug 2020

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Please note that all medical health articles featured on our website have been reviewed by Quality Healthcare doctors. The articles are for general information only and are not medical opinions nor should the contents be used to replace the need for personal consultation with a qualified health professional on the reader’s medical condition.
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