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Social phobia

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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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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