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  Social anxiety - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Social anxiety, sometimes known as social phobia, social trauma, or social anxiety disorder (SAD), is a common form of anxiety disorder that causes sufferers to experience intense anxiety in some or all of the social interactions and public events of everyday life.
An extreme degree of this condition is the aforementioned "social trauma" also known as emotional rejection in which it is an overwhelming fear of being judged, watched and possibly traumatically and publically humiliated (including being thrown out and banned) as a result of their actions, behaviour or appearance, thus leading to isolation and reclusion.
Social phobics may experience a panic attack when triggered, but they are aware that it is extreme anxiety they are experiencing, and that the cause is an irrational fear.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Social_phobia   (509 words)

  
 Social Phobia
Social phobia, also called social anxiety, is a 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 they are around other people.
Social phobia often runs in families and may be accompanied by depression or alcohol dependence.
www.athealth.com /Consumer/disorders/SocialPhobia.html   (805 words)

  
 NMHA-Anxiety Disorders - Social Phobia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Social phobia is a disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in 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, drinking, or writing in front of others) or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences phobic symptoms in any social setting.
Social phobia often runs in families and may be accompanied by depression or alcoholism.
www.nmha.org /pbedu/anxiety/social.cfm   (907 words)

  
 Social Phobia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This means that when individuals with social phobia, are exposed to their feared stimulus (i.e., a speech) they are intensely worried that they will do or say something that will make others think poorly of them.
Individuals with Social Phobia are aware that their social concerns are excessive and are aware that they do not judge or notice others in the same harsh way they judge themselves.
In Social Phobia this could be seen as a social stressor leading an individual to avoid social situations due to fear of embarrassment.
anxiety.psy.ohio-state.edu /SocialPhobia.htm   (1047 words)

  
 Psychology Today's Conditions Center: Social Phobia
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, a person experiences symptoms whenever they are around other people.
Social phobia often runs in families and may be accompanied by depression or other anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
A diagnosis of social phobia is made only if his avoidance, fear or anxious anticipation of a social or performance situation interferes with daily routine, occupational functioning, social life or if he is markedly distressed by having the phobia.
cms.psychologytoday.com /conditions/socphob.html   (1311 words)

  
 Social Phobia
A person with social phobia is usually overrating the danger of embarrassment while underrating his or her ability to get through the situation.
Social phobia is much more than just normal shyness or the awkward feelings most people have from time to time.
Social phobia is shyness to the extreme, and this shyness is accompanied by anxiety that causes people to avoid doing things they might like to do or to avoid situations that might result in having to be with - or to talk with or in front of - others.
kidshealth.org /teen/your_mind/mental_health/social_phobia.html   (1257 words)

  
 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Social phobia
Social phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others, including parties and other social events.
People with social phobia are at high risk for alcohol or other drug dependence because they may come to rely on drink or drugs to relax in social situations.
Social skills training may involve social contact in a group therapy situation to practice social skills.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/000957.htm   (498 words)

  
 American Family Physician: Social Anxiety Disorder: A Common, Underrecognized Mental Disorder
Social phobia is a highly prevalent yet often overlooked psychiatric disorder that can cause severe disability but fortunately has shown responsiveness to specific pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
Social phobia can be generalized, meaning that the patient fears many or most social interactions, or it can be limited to one or a few situations, such as public speaking or performing.
Of patients presenting with social phobia and depression, 76 percent were recognized as having psychiatric problems, although the social phobia was specifically identified in only 11 percent.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m3225/is_8_60/ai_58266993   (1210 words)

  
 Social Phobia
Either there is marked distress about having the phobia or it markedly interferes with the patient's usual routines or social, job or personal functioning.
Social phobias are characterized by fear and avoidance of situations in which a person may be subject to the scrutiny of others.
The fear may be complicated by a lack of social skills due to lack of practice or to a high level of anxiety.
www.psychnet-uk.com /dsm_iv/social_phobia.htm   (495 words)

  
 Social Phobia
Social phobia is an intense fear of becoming humiliated in social situations, specifically of embarrassing yourself in front of other people.
If you suffer from social phobia, you tend to think that other people are very competent in public and that you are not.
About 80 percent of people who suffer from social phobia find relief from their symptoms when treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy or medications or a combination of the two.
www.anxietypanic.com /socialphobia.html   (565 words)

  
 Social Phobia
Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation - such as a fear of speaking, or a fear of eating or drinking in public.
A person with a social phobia may also experience some of the above physical symptoms in a social situation, and then get even more embarrassed by the physical symptoms, setting up a cruel cycle in which their phobia can only escalate in intensity.
A social phobia is a very real problem, but improvement is available for many of those who seek help.
www.health-news-and-information.com /4cfvhs/libv/m12.shtml   (911 words)

  
 Social Phobia Disorder
In order to be diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, an individual must experience excessive levels of social anxiety, severe enough to bother him or her significantly, or to cause interference in his or her daily routine (e.g., work, school, relationships).
For example, studies have found that people who are very sociable tend to have increased levels of dopamine, and drugs that act on levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain generally help to improve and reduce the symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
Interestingly, some studies examining personality traits that are related to social anxiety, specifically neuroticism (e.g., a tendency to feel or become easily distressed and anxious) and introversion (e.g., a tendency to be socially withdrawn), have been found to be highly heritable.
www.anxietytreatment.ca /socialphobia.htm   (2458 words)

  
 Social Phobia - The Largest Anxiety Disorder
Social Phobia (social anxiety disorder) is defined as the fear (anxiety) of being judged, criticized, and evaluated by other people.
Life is difficult for the person with social phobia because they feel they do not fit in with every one else.
The article is filled with short case studies of people who have social phobia and makes the statistics available come alive.
www.angelfire.com /biz/socialphobia   (464 words)

  
 Social Phobia -- familydoctor.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
People who have social phobia usually begin to notice it when they are in their early teens, although some people have had it for as long as they can remember.
People with social phobia feel as though everyone is watching them to see them blush, sweat or otherwise show their fear.
Social phobia is an ongoing disorder that usually has to be helped with medical care.
familydoctor.org /handouts/482.html   (573 words)

  
 Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
Social phobia usually begins in childhood or early adolescence and is often accompanied by depression or alcohol abuse.
Social anxiety disorder is highly treatable, and both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments have been shown to be effective.(To access the article you will need to register with Medscape.
We are all born with an innate capacity for resilience, by which we are able to develop social competence, problem-solving skills, a critical consciousness, autonomy, and a sense of purpose.
www.athealth.com /Practitioner/Newsletter/FPN_3_29.html   (513 words)

  
 Social phobia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Social anxiety disorder or social phobia (SD) is fear of social situations.
Situations which are commonly feared include talking in a group, speaking in front of a large or small group, having a conversation (especially with someone who is not well known to them), meeting someone new, speaking to a person in authority, and dating situations.
Group treatment has the advantage of putting individuals in a social situation which is challenging to them and through which they can learn strategies to reduce anxiety, learn from others with similar problems and learn new coping strategies.
www.cpa.ca /factsheets/social_phobia.htm   (822 words)

  
 Social Phobia & Agoraphobia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Sometimes a social phobic person will not finish school, quit their job, not want to get married or close to anyone, and other situations that in avoiding seem to isolate and cause feelings of depression.
Social phobia seems to be as common as panic disorder.
Situations commonly feared by social phobics are: speaking in public, eating in front of others, using public rest-rooms, being in social situations in which there is a chance of saying foolish things or things that may be criticized.
www.anxietysecrets.com /Socialanxiety.htm   (1572 words)

  
 Social Phobia: Least Understood Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgment, evaluation, and criticism.
Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is a much more common problem than past estimates have led us to believe.
A specific social phobia would be the fear of speaking in front of groups, whereas generalized social anxiety indicates that the person is anxious, nervous, and uncomfortable in almost all (or the majority of) social situations.
www.socialphobia.org /social.html   (1276 words)

  
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Social Phobia is characterized by an intense fear of situations, usually social or performance situations, where embarrassment may occur.
People with Social Phobia tend to be sensitive to criticism and rejection, have difficulty asserting themselves, and suffer from low self-esteem.
The most common fears associated with the disorder are a fear of speaking in public or to strangers, a fear of meeting new people, and performance fears (activities that may potentially be embarrassing), such as writing, eating or drinking in public.
www.adaa.org /AnxietyDisorderInfor/SocialPhobia.cfm   (312 words)

  
 Social Phobia
Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association, a non-profit organization, seeks to educate about social phobia (social anxiety disorder).
Social Phobia and anxiety Net is a site for Social Phobia and anxiety support, with chat and message board.
Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia) affects 7% of the population.
www.health-nexus.com /social_phobia1.htm   (461 words)

  
 Can Kids Blame Their Parents for Social Phobias?
But if your teen has a social phobia, he or she may have hit paydirt in the blame department.
According to a group of American and German researchers, social phobia -- a paralyzing fear of social situations -- may be brought on by a combination of genetics and child-rearing methods.
They did find, however, that teenagers with parents who had social phobia, depression, or other anxiety disorders or who abused alcohol, as well as those with parents who were overprotective or rejected them, were at a significantly increased risk of developing social phobia.
my.webmd.com /content/article/28/1728_61312   (655 words)

  
 CNN.com - Anxiety disorder -- a problem beyond simple shyness - April 6, 2000
Social anxiety becomes a problem when it seriously interferes with people's ability to live their lives, says Jonathon Davidson, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center's Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program.
So it turns out that chatting about this problem does help, as more and more social phobia sufferers are discovering by going online to share their feelings with others.
Several social phobia experts believe chat groups are useful to patients with the disorder.
archives.cnn.com /2000/HEALTH/04/06/social.phobia.wmd   (1041 words)

  
 Social Phobia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Marshall, a professor of psychiatry, first explores what may be the primitive origins of social phobia: the need for some members of a group to seem retiring in order to survive.
The happy news is that social phobia can be successfully treated most of the time, with cognitive and exposure therapies; however, the most effective treatments involve drugs such as the beta blockers, monoamine-oxidase inhibitors, and, of course, Prozac.
Systematic desensitization and exposure (for specific phobias) and cognitive behavioral therapy (for social phobias).
www.psychologynet.org /socphob.html   (592 words)

  
 Social Anxiety/Social Phobia: Definition
Social anxiety is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgment, evaluation, and inferiority.
Put another way, social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of inadequacy, embarrassment, humiliation, and depression.
A specific social anxiety would be the fear of speaking in front of groups, whereas generalized social phobia indicates that the person is anxious, nervous, and uncomfortable in almost all social situations.
www.social-anxiety-network.com /define.html   (1202 words)

  
 Social Phobia and Social Anxiety
A marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others.
The feared social or performance situations are avoided or else are endured with intense anxiety or distress.
The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared social or performance situation(s) interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, occupational (academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia.
www.bu.edu /anxiety/socphob.html   (729 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Books: Social Phobia: From Shyness to Stage Fright   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
He explains a wide spectrum of social phobias, including the fear of eating in public and imagined body ugliness.
I had social phobia and the best thing i could do for myself was read about it..
Marshall's "Social Phobia" is a comprehensive study and explanation of not only the syptoms of Social Phobia, but also a synopsis of current research into the work.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0465078966?v=glance   (1337 words)

  
 eMedicine - Social Phobia : Article by Kiki D Chang, MD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The prevalence of social phobia appears to be increasing among white, married, and well-educated individuals.
Mood/affect: Because depression is commonly comorbid with social phobia, the patient may report depressed or anxious mood and may appear to have a depressed or anxious affect.
Mild social phobia is associated with a good prognosis and may have a benign course.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic3121.htm   (3035 words)

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