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Social Anxiety Disorder

Originally posted as part of our PhD Stronger Together Module - Mental Health Conditions (December 2020).

Social Anxiety Disorder Definition, Signs and Symptoms. All text in post.


Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized by an intense fear of social interaction.

Signs & Symptoms:

  1. Behavioral: avoidance of conversations/discussions, isolation

  2. Emotional: fear of rejection/humiliation, self-consciousness, concern about perceptions

  3. Physical: shaking, sweating, stuttering

Social Anxiety Disorder Stats, Demographics and disparities . All text in post.

Stats, Demographics & Disparities

  • >12% U.S. adults experience Social Anxiety Disorder

  • ~10% U.S. adolescents experience Social Anxiety Disorder

  • ~⅓ of people with Social Anxiety Disorder experience symptoms for 10+ years before seeking help

Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment and Care. All text in post.

Treatment and Care

  • Exposure therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Social Skills Training (SST)

  • Stress management/relaxation techniques

  • Prescription medication

Social Anxiety Disorder Resources. All text in post.


  • Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety

  • Social Anxiety Institute

  • National Anxiety Center (U.S.)


*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, therapist or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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