Social anxiety disorder

General or Other | Psychiatry | Social anxiety disorder (Disease)


Phobia (and anxiety) manifests a social excessive fear of a person not to embarrass or not to be judged negatively by others. This fear can occur in different social contexts: some are afraid to write in front of other people, others are afraid to eat or drink in front of others. For some people with social anxiety, a meeting can create professional concerns long before it would happen, and even after it occurred.

The physical symptoms (heart beat, sweating, flushing, abdominal discomfort, muscle tension and tremors) happen in certain social contexts in which they feel anxious.

Causes and Risk factors

Social anxiety is not just excessive timidity, but a disorder that can affect a persons life in the professional and personal: from going to an interview for a job, to a romantic date, all cases which can be a social danger, the person with social anxiety feel that they can handle them. Social anxiety usually occurs in childhood to adolescence - the age of 13 years.

Generally, people with social anxiety introduce an intense fear of embarrassing not to others; is worried about how they feel and how they behave to others; they are afraid that others will judge or will realize we really; feel an intense fear around other people, especially around people you consider important or persons unknown; try to avoid places where many people; have difficulty making friends or maintaining social relationships.

Social anxiety affects thinking, mood and behavior. Also, keep disorder and dysfunctional behavior creates in turn a series of problems: dropping out of school or job loss, difficulty in starting and maintaining an intimate relationship, difficulties in developing a career.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Without specialized treatment, the disorder can persist even life. Often the problem is minimized by others making treatment to be delayed even for years.

Treatment plan of social anxiety in cognitive behavioral therapy is done in collaboration with the client and depending on the particular cognitive-behavioral of him. ...