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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