Social Phobia

By Kyle Mitchell

Social Phobia Definition

Social Phobia is a type of anxiety. It makes a person think that they are in constant danger.

Signs or Symptoms

  • Extreme feelings of shyness and self-consciousness that build into a powerful fear.
  • Faster heart beat and breathing.
  • There are physical sensations.
  • The body and mind act like there is danger.

How does it affect someone?

  • They act easier with family.
  • They will be disappointed over missed opportunities for friendship and fun.
  • They won't be getting the most out of school, which means they won't be raising their hand, giving presentations, and reading aloud.
  • They won't be sharing new talents or good talents.

What are other names?

  • Social Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Selective Mutism

How is it diagnosed?

A therapist with friends and family could help recognize what you are fearing and symptoms.

How is it treated?

  • The victim has to have patience, courage to face fears, be able to try new things, and willingness to practice at it.
  • Medications can also help with the anxiety.