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Social Phobia

Social Phobia: People with social phobias (social anxiety disorder) fear and avoid situations in which they may be judged by others. It may begin in adolescence and may have to do with overprotective parents or limited social opportunities. Males and females are affected equally with this disorder.

Much more than just "shyness", social phobia causes intense, overwhelming fear over what may just be an everyday activity like shopping or speaking on the phone, meeting strangers, eating or drinking with company. People affected by it may fear doing or saying something they think will be humiliating.
Social phobia (social anxiety disorder) is a recognised condition that disrupts normal life, interfering with social relationships and quality of life, and impairing performance at work or school. People with social phobia are at high risk for alcohol or other drug dependence because they may come to rely on drinks or drugs to relax in social situations.

Physical symptoms that often occur include:
  •     Blushing
  •     Difficulty talking
  •     Nausea
  •     Profuse sweating
  •     Trembling 

If you think you may have social phobia, don't be afraid to see your doctor. It is a recognised condition that can be effectively treated. The goal of treatment is to help you function effectively. The success of the treatment usually depends on the severity of the phobia.


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