A Look at Social Phobia
An etiology of the third most common psychiatric disorder.
Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgment, evaluation, and criticism. Simply put, it is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people. This leads to feelings of inadequacy, embarrassment, humiliation, and possibly depression. A person may be shy to speak in public situations, but there is a time when the “shyness” becomes so severe that medical attention is needed. Social phobia is the third largest mental health care problem in the United States, and affects roughly 7% of the population at any given time. This paper attempts to give a comprehensive review of this disorder, covering all aspects of it,from its earliest forms of development, to all known possibilities for treatment.