Social Phobia Disorder

  • Social phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations.
  • Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation - such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations or eating or drinking in front of others - or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime he or she is around other people.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and being embarrassed or humiliated by one's own actions
  • Fear may be so severe that it interferes with work, school, and other ordinary activities
  • Physical symptoms include blushing, profuse sweating, trembling, nausea, and difficulty talking
  • Feeling as though all eyes are focused on him or her
  • Substance abuse may develop if one tries to self-medicate his or her anxiety
  • Social phobia is often accompanied by other anxiety disorders or depression