Social Phobia

social phobia

Social or public situations of any kind may induce this disorder which is often expressed as a fear of being the centre of attention, or of others noticing the sufferer’s anxious behaviour.

Social phobia can also be classed as ‘specific social phobia’, such as when there is social phobia only in specific situations like public speaking. The fear of behaving in an embarrassing or humiliating way can lead to a complete withdrawal from social contact, as well as avoidance of specific social situations such as public toilets, eating out etc. The physical manifestations of this phobia include blushing, shaking and sweating etc.

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety fact sheet

Could you have social anxiety?

If you can answer YES to most of the questions it is likely that you are affected by social phobia/social anxiety.

During the past 6 months:

  • Do you feel that others are judging you in social situations?
  • Do you feel anxious or fearful in social situations?
  • Do you find it difficult to talk to groups of people or when in a one on one conversation?
  • Do you feel fearful when being asked to read out or speak aloud in class?

If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may be experiencing a social phobia.

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