Frontiers Journal of Neurology & Neuroscience

WHAT IS SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER?

Abstract

Social anxiety disorder, formerly known as "social phobia," is a type of anxiety disorder, as is post-traumatic stress disorder, or generalized anxiety. It is characterized by intense fear of situations in which the person is confronted with the stares of others. This fear quickly becomes a deep anxiety when it is brought to speak in front of a group of people or simply when it is observed by people who are not part of his entourage. Being exposed to the gaze and judgment of others creates significant anxiety for the person with social anxiety, fueled by the fear of acting in a humiliating or embarrassing manner. She thus isolates herself little by little in order to avoid these situations which cause her significant discomfort.

Keywords: social anxiety, social phobia, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder

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