- National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) - NSAC has social anxiety clinics throughout the country.
- Social Anxiety Association
- NIMH - Social Anxiety Disorder: More Than Just Shyness
- Social Anxiety Stories on The Mighty
- Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety
- When Young People Suffer Social Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Can Do
- What is Social Anxiety? Kids With Social Disorders- Child Mind Institute
The defining feature of social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. People with social anxiety disorder may worry about acting or appearing visibly anxious (e.g., blushing, stumbling over words), or being viewed as stupid, awkward, or boring. As a result, they often avoid social or performance situations, and when a situation cannot be avoided, they experience significant anxiety and distress. Many people with social anxiety disorder also experience strong physical symptoms, such as a rapid heart rate, nausea, and sweating, and may experience full-blown attacks when confronting a feared situation. Although they recognize that their fear is excessive and unreasonable, people with social anxiety disorder often feel powerless against their anxiety.
Social anxiety disorder affects approximately 15 million American adults and is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder following specific phobia. The average age of onset for social anxiety disorder is during the teenage years. Although individuals diagnosed with social anxiety disorder commonly report extreme shyness in childhood, it is important to note that this disorder is not simply shyness. Read about the difference.
Social anxiety disorder can wreak havoc on the lives of those who suffer from it. For example, individuals may decline a job opportunity that requires frequent interaction with new people or avoid going out to eat with friends due to a fear that their hands will shake when eating or drinking. Symptoms may be so extreme that they disrupt daily life and can interfere significantly with daily routines, occupational performance, or social life, making it difficult to complete school, interview and get a job, and have friendships and romantic relationships. People with social anxiety disorder are also at an increased risk for developing major depressive disorder and alcohol use disorders.
Despite the availability of effective treatments, fewer than 5% of people of with social anxiety disorder seek treatment in the year following initial onset and more than a third of people report symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.
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- Overcoming Social Anxiety: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to Build Self-Confidence and Lessen Self-Consciousness - ADAA public webinar
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- ADAA Twitter Chat - Social Anxiety - ADAA member experts
- Screen yourself or a loved one for an anxiety disorder
- Download ADAA's Social Anxiety brochure
- Ask an ADAA Therapist - Social Anxiety Questions
- ADAA Member Self-Help Books
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