Basic Summary for Social phobia


Main name of condition: Social phobia
Other names or spellings: social anxiety disorder

What is Social phobia?
  Brief description of Social phobia: Excessive anxiety in social situations.
  Parent types of Social phobia: Anxiety Disorders, Phobias, Mental illness, Psychological disorders, Psychiatric disorders
  Organs Affected by Social phobia: mental
How many people get Social phobia?
  Prevalance of Social phobia: 5.3 million adult Americans (NIMH); 3.7% adults (NIMH); 2.0% adults (USSG)
  Prevalance Rate of Social phobia: approx 1 in 51 or 1.95% or 5.3 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence (annual) of Social phobia: 3.7% adults annually (NIMH)
  Incidence Rate of Social phobia: approx 1 in 27 or 3.70% or 10.1 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Social phobia: Social phobia affects about 5.3 million adult Americans.1
  Incidence of Social phobia: About 3.7% of the U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 5.3 million Americans - has social phobia in any given year. 2
Who gets Social phobia?
  Patient Profile for Social phobia: Usually starts in childhood or adolescence.
  Profile for Social phobia: Social phobia often begins around early adolescence or even younger.3 ... The disorder typically begins in childhood or early adolescence and rarely develops after age 25. 2
  Gender Profile for Social phobia: Men and women equally.
  Gender Profile for Social phobia: Women and men are equally likely to develop social phobia.1
How serious is Social phobia?
  Prognosis of Social phobia: About 80 percent of people who suffer from social phobia find relief from their symptoms when treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy or medications or a combination of the two.3
  Complications of Social phobia: see complications of Social phobia
What causes Social phobia?
  Class of Condition for Social phobia: behavior
  Causes of Social phobia: see causes of Social phobia
What are the symptoms of Social phobia?
  Symptoms of Social phobia: see symptoms of Social phobia
Can anyone else get Social phobia?
  Inheritance: see inheritance of Social phobia
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Social phobia: see treatments for Social phobia

1. excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NIMH
2. excerpt from Facts about Social Phobia: NIMH
3. excerpt from Phobia: NWHIC

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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