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What is social phobia?
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Dr. Eric Anderson
Psychiatry
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In brief: Social phobia
Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is a type of anxiety disorder. In this disorder, people fear they are being judged negatively or scrutinized by others, or that they don't "add up" in the eyes of other people.
They may avoid public places or crowds (even small ones) because of the anxiety. It may also manifest as physical symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, or feeling faint.

In brief: Social phobia
Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is a type of anxiety disorder. In this disorder, people fear they are being judged negatively or scrutinized by others, or that they don't "add up" in the eyes of other people.
They may avoid public places or crowds (even small ones) because of the anxiety. It may also manifest as physical symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, or feeling faint.
Dr. Eric Anderson
Dr. Eric Anderson
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Psychotherapy
Find a local, reputable psychotherapist to help pinpoint stressors that you encounter in social situations, as well as exploring other stressors from other areas of your life, and explore how interrelated these are.
Also, ask your psychotherapist if medication might help, and if so, find a psychiatrist to evaluate medication needs, if any.

In brief: Psychotherapy
Find a local, reputable psychotherapist to help pinpoint stressors that you encounter in social situations, as well as exploring other stressors from other areas of your life, and explore how interrelated these are.
Also, ask your psychotherapist if medication might help, and if so, find a psychiatrist to evaluate medication needs, if any.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Social Phobia
On the spectrum of anxiety disorder, social phobia involves interaction with, or feeling inadequate compared to other people.
The anxiety typically centers around interaction, which is generally avoided. There has been very good success for sp via cognitive behavioral methods.

In brief: Social Phobia
On the spectrum of anxiety disorder, social phobia involves interaction with, or feeling inadequate compared to other people.
The anxiety typically centers around interaction, which is generally avoided. There has been very good success for sp via cognitive behavioral methods.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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