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SOCIAL PHOBIA OR SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER Social Phobia

Social phobia which is also known as social anxiety disorder consists of experiencing overwhelming feelings of anxiety and self-consciousness in everyday social situations. People with this phobia have a constant and intense fear of being watched and judged by other people. This fear can be so intense that it may interfere with work or school and other everyday activities. Even though many people with social phobia realize that their fears are irrational and unnecessary, they can't control the way they react and feel. They may even worry for days or weeks in advance of a dreaded situation.
 
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Social phobia affects about 5.3 million adult Americans.
Women and men are equally likely to develop social phobia.
The disorder is prone to start in childhood or early adolescence.
There is some evidence that genetic factors are involved.
Social phobia often co-occurs with other anxiety disorders or depression.
Substance abuse or dependence may develop in individuals who attempt to "self-medicate" their social phobia by drinking or using drugs.
Many people with this illness have a hard time making and keeping friends.
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