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What is social phobia?

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Social phobia is an irrational, intense, and persistent fear of a specific object, activity, or social situation, which people avoid or endure with extreme distress and anxiety.

In some teens, the fear is limited to one or two particular situations, like speaking in public or initiating a conversation. Other teens are very anxious and afraid of any social situation.

From: Do You Have Social Phobia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Schneier, F. , 1992.  Archives of General Psychiatry

Barlow, D. "Psychosocial treatments for panic disorders, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder" in: , Nathan, PE, and Gorman, JM (Eds), Oxford University Press, New York, 1998.  A Guide to Treatments that Work

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Social Anxiety Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "A Real Illness: Social Phobia" and "Facts About Social Phobia." 

Facts for Health: "Social Anxiety, Medications (Pharmacotherapy) and Ineffective Treatments." 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Anxiety Medications and Kids." 

Medline: "Anxiety Disorders." 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Social Phobia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

SOURCES: 

Schneier, F. , 1992.  Archives of General Psychiatry

Barlow, D. "Psychosocial treatments for panic disorders, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder" in: , Nathan, PE, and Gorman, JM (Eds), Oxford University Press, New York, 1998.  A Guide to Treatments that Work

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Social Anxiety Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "A Real Illness: Social Phobia" and "Facts About Social Phobia." 

Facts for Health: "Social Anxiety, Medications (Pharmacotherapy) and Ineffective Treatments." 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Anxiety Medications and Kids." 

Medline: "Anxiety Disorders." 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Social Phobia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

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