social phobia

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a persistent, irrational, intense fear of a specific object, activity, or situation (the phobic stimulus), fear that is recognized as being excessive or unreasonable by the individual himself. When a phobia is a significant source of distress or interferes with social functioning, it is considered a mental disorder (sometimes called a phobic disorder). Some typical phobias are: acrophobia (fear of heights), astraphobia (fear of lightning), cenotophobia (fear of new things or new ideas), claustrophobia (fear of closed places), hemophobia (fear of blood), and xenophobia (dread of strangers). Phobias are subclassified as agoraphobia, social phobias, and specific phobias. See also anxiety disorders. adj., adj pho´bic.
simple phobia specific phobia.
social phobia an anxiety disorder characterized by fear and avoidance of social or performance situations in which the individual fears possible embarrassment and humiliation, for example, fear of speaking, performing, or eating in public.
specific phobia an anxiety disorder characterized by persistent and excessive or unreasonable fear of a circumscribed, well-defined object or situation, in contrast to fear of being alone or of public places (agoraphobia) or fear of embarrassment in social situations (social phobia). Common specific phobias involve fear of animals, particularly dogs, snakes, insects, and mice; fear of closed spaces (claustrophobia); and fear of heights (acrophobia).
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social phobia

1. a persistent pattern of significant fear of a social or performance situation, manifesting in anxiety or panic on exposure to the situation or in anticipation of it, which the person realizes is unreasonable or excessive and interferes significantly with the person's functioning;
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when specified criteria are met.
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social phobia

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social phobia

Social anxiety disorder Psychiatry 'A marked & persistent fear of social and performance situations in which embarassment may occur.(and).take the form of a situationally bound or. predisposed panic attack, while social anxiety is normal in children, in adults this fear is excessive or unreasonable; social or performance situations are avoided, or endured with dread; SP may begin in adolescence and be due to parental overprotectiveness or limited social opportunity Management Psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, support group; some respond to pharmacology–eg, paroxetine. See Panic attack, Phobia.
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so·cial pho·bi·a

(sō'shăl fō'bē-ă)
A persistent pattern of significant fear of a social or performance situation, manifested by anxiety or panic on exposure to the situation or in anticipation of it, which the person realizes is unreasonable or excessive; it interferes significantly with the person's functioning.
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Social phobia

Fear of being judged or ridiculed by others; fear of being embarrassed in public.
Mentioned in: Phobias
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so·cial pho·bi·a

(sō'shăl fō'bē-ă)
Persistent pattern of significant fear of a social or performance situation.
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Patient discussion about social phobia

Q. how to treat my social phobia?

A. there is a protocol for treating any kinds of phobias. it requires time and a psychologist. it's consisted of learning relaxation methods and doing everything in small steps until you can handle your phobia.

Q. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder? I've been told multiple times by multiple people (though none of them doctors) that I probably have Ausperger's syndrome, or at least suffered from it through most of my childhood. I have struggled socially a GREAT deal, and have overcome many things, though I still am socially awkward and easily confused in social situations. Conversely, I am a secretary and receptionist by trade, and seem to have most people 'fooled' when I have medication for my diagnosed medical condition. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder?

A. Well, I like to share my experience from which you find an answer. My 19 year old brother has AS, and I would not say he is at all retarded, although once people get to know him they assume that he is. His intellectual/IQ level isn't any lower than the "normal", but he definitely struggles socially, always has, always will. Hell, so do I... and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a touch of AS myself. Anyhow he is able to work, pay bills, follow commitments through, etc., He's actually very responsible…can't say that for many "normal" folk. His main quirk is that he really fixates on things...for example if his favorite TV show is "Lost", he'll talk about it and run it into the ground until he makes you absolutely hate it from overkill. Other than that he's not much different from the rest of us.

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Social phobia in Brazilian university students: Prevalence, under-recognition and academic impairment in women.
Based on Table 3, the total mean ASI-3 scores were found to be significantly higher in the social phobia, agoraphobia, and simple phobia groups than those in the control group (p < 0.001, p < 0.001 and p = 0.019, respectively) when adjusted for age.
The genetic epidemiology of phobias in women: the interrelationship of agoraphobia, social phobia, situational phobia, and simple phobia.
Prevalence of social phobia, gender and school type among young adults in Nigerian universities.
Social phobia was assessed by using the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) which is a 17-item self-rating scale developed by Connor and his colleagues [21].
The items in these scales include items modified from other questionnaires, inventories or scales related to social anxiety, such as the Fear Survey Schedule (FSS; Wolpe & Lang, 1964), the Fear of Negative Evaluation scale (FNE; Watson & Friend, 1969) or the Social Anxiety Inventory (SAI; Richardson & Tasto, 1976) as well as new items based on clinical interviews with patients with social phobia and anxiety.
Major finding: Patients with social phobia showed significant improvement on multiple efficacy measures in response to treatment with the selegiline transdermal system.
Assessment and treatment of social phobia. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 42, 826-834.
Demir, Go., 2009, A general review of the studies on the investigation of etiology of social phobia. (2009), Academic Studies, 4(1), 101-123.
There are two empirically and widely validated self-report measures to assess SAD symptomatology in childhood and adolescence: the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventories (SPAI; Turner, Beidel, Dancu, & Stanley, 1989; the Brief Form, SPAI-B; Garcia-Lopez, Hidalgo, Beidel, Olivares, & Turner, 2008; and the version for Children, SPAI-C; Beidel, Turner, & Morris, 1995) and the Social Anxiety Scales (for Adolescents, SAS-A; La Greca & Lopez, 1998 and for Children-Revised, SASC-R; La Greca & Stone, 1993).

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