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Social Phobia


What is Social Phobia?
It’s a maladaptive behavior pattern, developed due to psychological stress at various levels of development.
It’s characterized by marked and persistent fear of performance in situations where one is possibly scrutinized and judged by others.

What are the Symptoms?

  • -A marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny by others.
  • -The individual fears that he or she will act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing.
  • -Exposure to the feared social situation provokes anxiety, which may take the form of a Panic Attack.
  • -The person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable. But cannot control it.
  • -The feared situations are avoided or else endured with intense anxiety or distress.
  • -The avoidance, anxiety or distress in the feared situation interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, occupational functioning and personal relationships.

What can It lead to?
If left untreated it can lead to the following:

  • -Depressed Mood
  • -Sexual Dysfunction
  • -Addictions
  • -Anxious or Fearful or Dependent Personalities

What is the Treatment?

    • Counseling- using techniques like :
    • a) Systematic desensitization and exposure
    • b) Cognitive behavioral therapy.
    • New age, non-sedative, non-addictive medications prescribed to lower anxiety levels just before the stressful situations.




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