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

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.

Last Updated: Aug 2020
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