Social phobia causes a fear of social situations. It is also called social anxiety disorder. People with this condition have trouble talking or meeting with people. They may have a hard time performing in front of others. They worry that they will embarrass themselves. And they worry that others will judge them and think poorly of them. Social phobia is not the same as being shy. Nor is it the same as a normal nervous reaction to public speaking. It causes a much higher level of fear. It often starts days or weeks before an event.
This condition often triggers symptoms such as blushing, sweating, shakiness, fast heartbeat, and trouble thinking. It can make you feel anxious, sad, cranky or grumpy. You may be easily startled before or during a social event. You may worry or fear that something bad is going to happen. Social phobia can have a strong effect on your daily life. It may even cause you to withdraw from social settings. This can lead you to miss work or school.
Social phobia can be treated with medicine and counselling.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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