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Learn more about Social anxiety disorder

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is social anxiety disorder?

This is also called social phobia and is a mental health condition with a persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. It can affect work, school, and other day-to-day activities.

Symptoms of social anxiety disorder

  • Feeling scared or anxious about blushing

  • Anxious when around other people or in social settings

  • Experience significant anxiety when other people are present

  • Frequently feeling anxious

  • My anxiety doesn't go away or keeps coming back repeatedly

  • Often feel uneasy and restless; unable to feel calm or at peace

  • Feeling flustered or scared

  • Stuttering / stammering

Questions your doctor may ask to check for social anxiety disorder

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose social anxiety disorder

  • Are you scared or anxious about blushing e.g. from embarrassment?

  • Do you easily get anxious in social settings?

  • Do you experience significant anxiety when around other people?

  • Do you feel anxious everyday?

  • Does your anxiety not go away, or keeps coming back again and again?

Treatment for social anxiety disorder

The treatment depends on how badly this disorder affects your life. Treatment is usually through counseling/talk therapy, medications, or both.

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