Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

6. What is social phobia?

In social phobia, a person fears being judged by others or of being embarrassed. This fear can get in the way of doing everyday things such as going to work, running errands or meeting with friends. People who have social phobia often know that they shouldn't be so afraid, but they can't control their fear.

People with social phobia tend to

  • be very anxious about being with other people and have a hard time talking to them, even though they wish they could
  • be very self-conscious in front of other people and feel embarrassed
  • be very afraid that other people will judge them
  • worry for days or weeks before an event where other people will be
  • stay away from places where there are other people
  • have a hard time making friends and keeping friends
  • blush, sweat, or tremble around other people
  • feel nauseous or sick to their stomach when with other people.

Learn more about social phobia.