Social anxiety disorder

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What is social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety or phobia is characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to one type of situation or, in its most severe form, one may experience symptoms anytime they are around other people.

Common symptoms reported by people with social anxiety disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with social anxiety disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (88) anxious mood (48)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
anxious mood (60) social anxiety disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
62
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (59) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (49) depressed mood (32)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
depressed mood (31) social anxiety disorder (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
anxious mood (30) panic attacks (28)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
anxious mood (37) panic attacks (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (28) social anxiety disorder (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Pain (25) anxious mood (5)
4 more

Data from patients with social anxiety disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with social anxiety disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (88) anxious mood (48)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 20 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
anxious mood (60) social anxiety disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (33 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood emotional distress 13 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (59) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (23 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anorgasmia 14 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (49) depressed mood (32)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea loss of appetite 25 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
depressed mood (31) social anxiety disorder (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
calming drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (30) panic attacks (28)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 9 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
anxious mood (37) panic attacks (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dizziness 30 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
depressed mood (28) social anxiety disorder (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction weight gain 37 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness brain fog 11 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (25) anxious mood (5)
4 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with social anxiety disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has social anxiety disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 77
20s 1,016
30s 1,895
40s 1,728
50s 1,233
60s 574
70+ 120
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,745
20-29 years 436
30-39 years 300
40-49 years 148
50-59 years 49
60-69 years 6
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

76% Female
24% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,124
Not Diagnosed 2,899

These charts show data from social anxiety disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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