Home > Mental health > News 26 October 2011 Social phobia more than just shyness Social phobia is not simply shyness that has been exaggerated by psychiatrists and drug makers, according to a new study. 0 Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke About half of the teens said they were shy, but only 12% of the shy teens met the criteria for social phobia in their lifetime. The study also found that about 5% of teens who said they weren't shy met criteria for social phobia. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Is social media doing all it can to deal with mental health issues? 2020-09-22 04:45 More: Mental healthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Coronavirus in SA: All the confirmed cases News Partner Content | I Am Covered: How to keep your family financially secure when navigating cancer costs Medical Coronavirus morning recap: Silk masks, life expectancy, and Europe's second wave Medical Do you know the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has on your mental health? Medical Teen blasts away parts of retina after staring into laser pointer, marketed as pet toy Medical Coronavirus: SA scientists look to identify potential of medicinal plants Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.