Social Phobia

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What is it?

Social Phobia is a type of anxiety problem with extreme feelings of shyness and self-consciousness that build into a powerful fear.

Signs or symptoms:

  • Fight/Flight response
  • Feeling very self-conscious social situations
  • Persistent intense chronic fear of being watched or judged
  • Feeling shy and uncomfortable
  • Feeling hesitant to talk to classmates or teammates
  • Physical sensations of anxiety
  • Stomachache
  • Fast heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • crying
  • blushing
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • feeling embarrassed or humiliated

How does it affect someone?

  • Feeling lonely or disappointed over missed opportunities for friendship and fun.
  • Not getting the most out of school.
  • Missing a chance to share their talents and learn new skills.

Other names or forms

Social anxiety disorder

How is it diagnosed?

If symptoms are present, a doctor will evaluate with questions about a patients medical history and perform a physical exam. there is no test for this, but a doctor will perform other test to make sure it is not a physical illness. A doctor will refer you to a psychiatrist to be diagnosed.
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How is it treated?

  • Therapists will teach a patient to interpret sensations more accurately.
  • Create plans
  • Practice new behaviors
  • Support from friends and family
  • Try new things

Interesting facts

There is no single cause for social phobias.

A cause can be Biological, psychological, or the environment someone is in.

19.2 million suffer from social phobias.