Social anxiety also known as social phobia is one of the most common psychiatric disorders, with a lifetime prevalence of more than 13%. The primary feature is a severe and persistent fear of social or performance situations, such as public speaking or taking an examination. In such situations, blushing and other anxiety symptoms are commonly experienced, although full blown panic attacks usually are not. persons with more generalised social anxiety disorder avoid many occupational and social situations because of fears of interacting with other people. persons with social anxiety disorder recognise that their fear is excessive , are characteristically markedly distressed about the condition, and either avoid precipitating situations or endure them with dread. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, specially regimens that include elements of either imaginal or virtual exposure theraphy, has been proved effective for social anxiety dissorder, and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are the most evidence base pharmacotheraphy. Although beta blockerss or benzodiazepines are sometimes used clinically for non generalised social anxiety, usually related to test-taking or public speaking, reports of efficacy are mostly anecdotal.
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