Social Phobia Directory
Social phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that makes a person feel self-conscious and anxious when in certain social situations. A person with social phobia may have difficulty speaking or eating in front of others because of fears of being judged, embarrassed, or watched too closely. Severe social phobias may cause a person to avoid others entirely, which can interfere with work and family. Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, affects about 15 million American adults. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about social phobia, what the symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?
Social anxiety disorder is often confused with shyness. Here’s how to tell the difference between everyday nervousness and one of the most common mental disorders.
Social Anxiety Disorder-Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Here are ones to help with stress management.
Social Anxiety Disorder-Topic Overview
People with social anxiety disorder are extremely anxious about what they will say or do in front of other people.
Social Anxiety Disorder-Exams and Tests
Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed based on your medical history, physical exam, and sometimes a mental health assessment, which is an evaluation of psychological symptoms.
The Secret Social Phobia
It's one of the most common anxiety disorders in the country, yet the least talked about. Shy bladder syndrome -- the inability to urinate when others are around -- is debilitating, demoralizing -- and very treatable.
Is social anxiety disorder (SAD) -- also called social phobia -- just another name for being really shy?
People with social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, tend to be sensitive to criticism and rejection, have difficulty asserting themselves, and suffer from low self-esteem.
This disorder is defined as the intense and persistent fear of being scrutinized, judged adversely or humiliated in social situations. There is help.
Is Shyness a Mental Disorder?
For a surprising number of people, social awkwardness is more than an uncomfortable anxiety. It is a mental disorder that needs to be treated.