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Social Phobia Definition

Definition

Social anxiety disorder is the intense fear of social situations. People with social anxiety disorder:

  • Avoid interactions with other people
  • Are extremely afraid of being judged negatively by others
  • Feel humiliated, embarrassed, and inadequate more easily than others

Social anxiety may be:

  • Generalized to all social interactions
  • Specific to certain social situations, such as public speaking

It is much more severe than shyness. It can interfere with work, school, or other situations. It also carries physical reactions.

Physical Reactions of Anxiety

Physical reaction anxiety
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