What Is Social Phobia

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Social phobia which is the fear of people in adults is more frequently associated with severe impairment which persists into adulthood.

Social phobia is usually diagnosed based on the sufferers’ symptoms, which include severe anxiety, stress and panic attacks when having interaction with other people. There are different social phobias like shyness, embarrassment and social anxiety.

In order to understand what causes social phobia, it is important to first know what exactly social phobia is. The term “social anxiety” itself can be confusing to some people because it is used to refer to a wide variety of emotions and conditions related to social interactions with others. However, “social anxiety” is actually the collective term for various psychological and social conditions related to anxiety and the fear of social rejection.

Causes of Social Phobia

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It is important to note that social phobia is a mental disorder which is not solely caused by external factors. Many studies have proven that there is a biological cause for social phobia. There is also research evidence that suggests that social phobia can be inherited genetically.

To some extent, there are several factors that contribute to a person developing social phobia. Some people may develop social phobia due to trauma from earlier events like the abuse or the bullying they had to experience as children.

The phobia can also be developed because of excessive worrying about the situation. Another reason why people develop the phobia is that they have no idea how to deal with the situation and feel helpless. These are the main factors that lead people towards developing the condition and they don’t know what to do about it.

Excessive Fear is One of the Causes of Social Phobia

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One of the causes of social phobia is the excessive fear of being evaluated or criticized by other people. Another important cause is the feeling of fear of not being accepted by peers, especially by those who are in the same social group as you are. People who are not comfortable with themselves are also vulnerable to social anxiety.

People who suffer from social anxiety may also develop phobias related to being embarrassed, ashamed of their body. They may also feel insecure and feel inadequate in their appearance. These fears lead people to isolate themselves and avoid social activities, which in turn leads to social anxiety.

People who suffer from social anxiety will avoid social situations altogether, and will avoid talking to people in general. They may avoid attending social gatherings where they know that other people will be present. They may even avoid having regular conversations with friends. The social phobia can also become very severe and may lead to avoidance of all social situations which might make them withdraw completely from society.

People who suffer from social phobia also find it difficult to make friends and get along in general because they usually view themselves as different from others. Although, in reality, they are not really that different from others.

Social phobia can also be treated, as many people believe that social phobia is inherited – in other words, it is passed down from one generation to the next. This is a myth and there is no scientific evidence that this is true.

Social phobia disorder can be treated using different types of treatments such as psychotherapy. If these treatments don’t work, then medication may be prescribed. However, in order to treat social phobia, one should seek medical attention because this condition is a lifelong condition and requires ongoing treatment.


Although it has been proven that social phobia can be treated successfully, people need to understand that this condition does not just go away overnight. In fact, it can take years to get rid of social anxiety.

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