Social phobia is a marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations where the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or possible scrutiny by others. The individual tends to fear that they will act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing. Exposure to the feared social situation provokes anxiety, which may lead to a panic attack. Social phobia is caused by both biological and environmental factors, and several factors such as family history, negative experiences, or having an appearance or condition that draws attention may increase the risk of developing social anxiety disorder over time.
Individuals may choose to avoid everyday experiences because they are hard to endure, but over the long term, your anxiety is likely to continue and to build without treatment.
Over time if left untreated, social phobia can cause:
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