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 (87) anxious mood (50)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
anxious mood (55) social anxiety disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (54) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
57
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (54) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
depressed mood (36) social anxiety disorder (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
anxious mood (40) panic attacks (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
anxious mood (30) panic attacks (28)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (29) social anxiety disorder (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (24) social anxiety disorder (11)
5 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 (87) anxious mood (50)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
anxious mood (55) social anxiety disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anorgasmia 16 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (54) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (35 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood emotional distress 13 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (54) anxious mood (4)
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 (36) social anxiety disorder (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 11 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (40) panic attacks (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
calming drowsiness 13 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (30) panic attacks (28)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dizziness 28 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
depressed mood (29) social anxiety disorder (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain sexual dysfunction 32 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
binge eating episodes brain fog 8 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (24) social anxiety disorder (11)
5 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 73
20s 1,021
30s 1,928
40s 1,741
50s 1,284
60s 595
70+ 124
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,756
20-29 years 440
30-39 years 301
40-49 years 149
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 3,151
Not Diagnosed 2,902

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