Social Anxiety Disorder

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Welcome to our site about Social Anxiety Disorder. Hopefully you make this site your way point for everything related to social phobia / social anxiety disorder. The purpose of this website is to educate, inform, promote self-help, and provide a way to facilitate dialogue between those who suffer from social phobia.

Do you always feel like others are judging you? Do you find it difficult meeting new people or doing public speaking? Maybe you feel uneasy about eating in public. If you have ever felt this way then you may have social anxiety disorder.

Social phobia is not to be confused with shyness. Social anxiety is far more intense than shyness, and can keep you from functioning in everyday life. People with social anxiety want to interact with others, but are overcome with fear.

What is social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people fear social situations where they might be embarrassed or judged. When put in a social situation where they might become anxious sufferers have symptoms such as a racing heart, trembling, blushing or even sweating. This anxiety disorder is not uncommon by any stretch of the imagination — some sources say it affects more than five million Americans any given year.

A diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder can indicate either a “specific disorder” or a “general disorder”. A specific disorder is when only some particular situations cause social anxiety. A generalized social anxiety disorder typically involves a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being judged by others and of potentially being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions. These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny by others. While the fear of social interaction may be recognized by the person as excessive or unreasonable, considerable difficulty can be encountered overcoming it. Approximately 13.3 percent of the general population may meet criteria for social anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to some estimates. In general, males are slightly more disposed to suffer from social anxiety disorder than females.

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