Social Phobia

By: Shivani T.

What is Social Phobia?

Social Phobia- is a type of anxiety problem , that causes extreme feelings of shyness and self-consciousness. It prevents people from socializing/ speaking up.

Signs or Symptoms

  • Anxiety attacks when in social situations
  • Intense anxiety in social situations
  • Avoidance of social situations
Physical Symptoms
  • Confusion
  • Pounding Heart
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Blushing
  • Muscle Tension
  • Upset Stomach

How does Social Phobia affect someone?

  • Person feels lonely or disappointed over missed opportunities for friendship and fun
  • Not getting most out of school
  • Missing a chance to share their talents and learn new skills
  • Afraid of doing things in front of people

Other Forms or Names

  • Social Anxiety
  • Selective Mutism

How is it diagnosed?

  • Physical exam: to rule out physical symptom triggers
  • Fill out Psychological Questionnaires
DSM- Diagnostic and Statistic of Manual Mental Disorders

How is it Treated?


  • Challenging negative thoughts
  • Learning Breath Control
  • Facing Fears
  • Changing Lifestyle
  • Anxiety Meds
Meds Include

  • Beta Blockers
  • Anti-Depressants
Family and friends can help

Interesting Fact

Social Phobia could develop partly due to genes

and temperament a person inherits.