Social Anxiety Disorder Information

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?


Are you looking for Social Anxiety Disorder information, or want more information on the symptoms and effects?

Social Anxiety Disorder, often referred to as Social Phobia, causes people to feel uncomfortable in certain social situations.

By definition, the feelings associated with a phobia build in the body much more rapidly than those for other forms of anxiety, and in that context, some would consider it makes sense to differentiate between social anxiety and social phobia, although on this web page we’ll use the terms interchangeably.

On this site, we refrain from using letters SAD to describe the disorder as this term technically refers to Seasonal Affective Disorder (which we do not address as it is not all that frequently a problem in Australia).

Social Anxiety Disorder causes you to feel anxious, nervous, overly concerned and/or uncomfortable in a wide range of social situations where you believe or perceive others might be concentrating attention you.




People with the disorder are concerned they might do something (even pass out) that might attract attention and that they’ll feel embarrassed because of what others might think about them.

If you have Social Anxiety Disorder you will experience symptoms typical of all anxiety disorders and these are described in the free anxiety explanation paper available from this site.‘Social situation’ could mean different things to different people challenged with Social Anxiety Disorder, but most of these sufferers tend to fit into two main categories.

These are:

  • Situations where people have to ‘be on stage’ as for a business presentation or defending an application for promotion or even a perceived performance such as simply having a meal with others. Interpersonal situations wherein people are expected to interact with, but not perform for, at least one other person.
  • Interpersonal situations include dealing with work colleagues and supervisors, working in teaching environments, contributing to meetings, attending social functions, and even dating or contributing to a family debate.


Some people might experience social anxiety in situations that fit both these categories, but other sufferers might experience discomfort in situations of one category but feel completely at ease in situations which fit the other category.

Some people even feel fine with certain situations within a category but not others. For example, a person might get quite anxious walking into church late for a service yet have no problem addressing large business groups.

Social Anxiety Disorder can begin at any stage of life, but by far the majority of sufferers experience its onset in childhood or early teens.

The disorder can ‘appear’ quite suddenly during adult life, perhaps after a significantly stressful experience.

For general information, Social Anxiety Disorder appears to run in families, is found equally in men and women, and is often found in people who have low self esteem or lack of confidence in some area of life.

Whatever its cause, sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder (or Social Phobia) are interested in one thing – how to overcome Social Phobia – and that’s what this site addresses.


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To learn more about anxiety in general, download our free explanation paper/e-book, ‘Getting a Grip on Anxiety.’

For a detailed description of Social Anxiety Disorder and how to deal with it, download our free explanation paper.

For an appointment to discuss Social Anxiety Disorder, or any other anxiety issue please contact us.



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