Social Phobia

By Megan L

(social phobia can also be called social anxiety)

WHAT IS SOCIAL PHOBIA?

Social Phobia is a type of anxiety problem that creates a extreme feeling of shyness and self-consciousness which builds powerful fears.
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WHAT ARE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SOCIAL PHOBIA?

  1. Intense anxiety in social situations
  2. Avoidance of social situations
  3. Confusion
  4. Pounding heart
  5. Sweating and shaking
  6. Muscle tension
  7. Upset stomach
  8. nausea
  9. difficulty with making eye contact

HOW DOES SOCIAL PHOBIA AFFECT SOMEONE?

Someone with social phobia could...


  • feel lonely or disappointed over missed opportunities for friendship and fun
  • could not get the most out of school
  • could miss chances to share their talents and learn new skills

HOW IS SOCIAL PHOBIA DIAGNOSED?

The doctor will...

  • use a physical exam to determine if there may be any physical things triggering your symptoms
  • Ask you to describe your signs and symptoms, how often they occur and in what situations
  • Review a list of situations to see if they make you anxious
  • Have you fill out psychological questionnaires to help pinpoint a diagnosis

HOW IS SOCIAL PHOBIA TREATED?

  • the person with social phobia can learn to manage fear. develop confidence, and can learn to use coping skills
  • the person with social phobia can help you create a plan to face social fears and can help them build the skills and confidence to face their social fears
  • in addition to the therapist, family and friends are key to facing their social fears because they can support and motivate them
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