Originally posted as part of our PhD Stronger Together Module - Mental Health Conditions (December 2020).
Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized by an intense fear of social interaction.
Signs & Symptoms:
Behavioral: avoidance of conversations/discussions, isolation
Emotional: fear of rejection/humiliation, self-consciousness, concern about perceptions
Physical: shaking, sweating, stuttering
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
Treatment and Care
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Social Skills Training (SST)
Stress management/relaxation techniques
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.