Social Phobia, also called Social Anxiety Disorder, is a disorder in which a person has an out-of-range fear of social situations. On it's face, anxiety arises from a fear of being judged by others, though deeper causes more often drive the behavior.
People with social phobia may be afraid of a specific situation, like public speaking. However, most people with this issue fear more than one social situation.
Other anxiety producing situations include:
- Commenting or giving reports in a group.
- Talking on the telephone.
- Eating in front of others.
- Working in front of others.
- Being the center of attention.
- Dating, going to parties, or other social events.
Social phobia may be linked to other anxiety disorders and depression. Often people with social phobia first see the doctor with complaints related to these disorders, not because of social phobia symtoms.
If you or someone you know suffers from Social Phobia, there are ways to reduce the anxiety. For help give us a call at Bill Jacobs LPCC or send us an email.
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