An anxiety disorder characterized by an intense, irrational fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the individual believes that he or she will be scrutinized by others. Exposure to social situations immediately provokes an anxiety response. In adults, the social phobia is recognized as excessive or unreasonable.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
The following features are indicative of Social Anxiety Disorder:
fear of being watched and judged by others
fear of speaking in public
fear of meeting new people
fear of eating
fear of drinking
fear of writing in public
It is possible that Social Anxiety Disorder shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.
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Common Causes of Social Anxiety Disorder
The following are the most common causes of Social Anxiety Disorder:
embarrassing social situation
Risk Factors for Social Anxiety Disorder
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Social Anxiety Disorder: