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Social phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. For people with social phobia, everyday social situations cause extreme anxiety. People with social phobia are very self-conscious and have an intense fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing something embarrassing. This fear may become so severe that it interferes with work, school, and other ordinary activities and can make it hard to make and keep friends. Treatment can help people with social phobia cope with fears and anxiety.
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Screening for Social Anxiety Disorder (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) — This self-test can help you determine if the social discomfort you feel is part of social anxiety disorder. Your doctor can interpret the results, and if necessary, recommend treatment options for you.
Social Anxiety Disorder (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) — This brochure explains the difference between normal anxiety and social anxiety disorder (SAD). It answers some basic questions about SAD, offers advice on how to manage your anxiety, and provides resources for getting help.
Social Anxiety Disorder and Alcohol Abuse (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) — It isn’t unusual for people with social anxiety disorder to also have a problem with alcohol abuse. This fact sheet can help you determine if your alcohol use is becoming a problem, and if so, where you can get help.
Social Phobia (Copyright © Nemours Foundation) — This fact sheet is written for teens but has great advice about overcoming social phobia for people of all ages. It contains a breathing exercise for relaxation and tips for defeating negative self-talk.
Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) — This easy-to-read booklet on social phobia (social anxiety disorder) explains what it is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help.
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National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, HHS
Content last updated September 22, 2009.
Resources last updated September 22, 2009.
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