Social phobia, sometimes referred to as social anxiety disorder, involves a deep-seated fear of being negatively evaluated by other people. Understandably, this makes it difficult to interact without over-thinking your words and actions. It can become very stressful just to go out and be around people at work, at school, or at the store. Everyday situations such as these induce significant anxiety in people with social phobia. Others may not understand why a social phobic seems overly shy or reserved. Sometimes the behavior of a person with social anxiety is even misinterpreted as snobbishness.
A doctor who has experience working with social phobics describes the challenges they face when they have to interact with other people. He also offers his opinion on treatment options. If you want to know more about what he has to say, follow the link below.
The mistaken ideas that underlie a social phobia. By Fredric Neuman, M.D….