10 March 2004

Myths and facts about social phobia

Social phobia is often misunderstood. Read about the myths surrounding this disorder.

Social phobia is often misunderstood. Here are some of the myths surrounding this disorder.

Feeling anxious about social situations is simply a reflection of ordinary shyness. It is nothing to worry about.

Social phobia is a medical disorder that can be associated with significant distress and even occupational and social dysfunction.

Fear of social situations is a result of low self-esteem. People grow out of it as they become more self-confident.

People with social phobia are simply unable to control what they know to be irrational fears. This may lead to low self-esteem.


Fear of social situations is best treated by simply "pulling oneself together" or by "talking things out" with someone.

Social phobia is best treated by medication and specific psychotherapy techniques.

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