Social phobia or anxiety is the fear of humiliation or embarrassment in social situations that causes you to avoid those situations. Adult sufferers realise that this fear is excessive. A very common example is public speaking phobia, though social phobia also includes fears about using public toilets, eating or writing in public, being watched while working or taking any sort of test or exam.
This is the anxiety or panic experienced in social situations where people think they may embarrass themselves or may make a fool of themselves in some way. It tends to affect their whole personality over time and they are often sensitive to criticism and rejection, have low self-esteem and have difficulty asserting themselves.
Social Phobia Symptoms
More immediate symptoms are brought on by social interaction and include:
Social Phobia Treatment
The treatment is similar to panic disorder but will also probably need to help combat depression and low self esteem as well as more extensive exposure to avoided situations and places.
- Hypnotherapy – cognitive behaviour techniques
- Self assessment skills training
- Social skills training
- Exposure or Flooding – recreating the symptoms to familiarize yourself with them.