Social Phobia

By Brett and Robby

The Definition

  1. Social anxiety is the fear of interaction with other people that brings on self consciousness, feelings of being negatively judged and evaluated, and, as a result, leads to avoidance.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Physical symptoms of anxiety, including, but not limited to: confusion, pounding heart, sweating, shaking, blushing, muscle tension, upset stomach, and diarrhea.



  • Afraid to talk to people you don’t know.

  • Being very anxious about being with other people and having a hard time talking to them

  • Worry for days or weeks before an event where other people will be.



Initial treatment of social anxiety disorder is based on how bad your emotional and physical symptoms are and how able you are to function in daily activities. People who have social anxiety disorder often have depression also. They may also have alcohol or substance abuse problems.

It is possible to overcome the fears linked with social anxiety disorder. Working through fears with a specific type of therapy—cognitive-behavioral therapy that includes exposure therapy—may be the best approach for treating your anxiety. It is important to continue professional counseling even if you are taking medicines to reduce anxiety.



Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population). Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.