Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) is an Anxiety Disorder that is characterized by an intense fear of social situations, such as:

  • Speaking in public,
  • Standing in line,
  • Meeting new people,
  • Attending meetings,
  • Making small talk,
  • Being observed.

Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder may also experience severe anxiety and feel threatened when they have to face performance situations. Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder tend to be very concerned about negative evaluations by others, embarrassment, and humiliation.

Moreover, people with Social Anxiety Disorder are sensitive to criticism and rejection, and they fear others may notice their anxiety, judge them, and think poorly of them. When in social situations, individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder can experience severe anxiety and, in some cases, will have panic attacks. It is estimated that approximately 4.7% of the Australian population suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder.

Treatment

Social Anxiety Disorder can be treated effectively through Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy or medications. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy has shown to be particularly effective in treating Social Anxiety Disorder.