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
93
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (84) anxious mood (48)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
anxious mood (54) social anxiety disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (53) depressed mood (32)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
54
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (51) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
depressed mood (36) social anxiety disorder (18)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
anxious mood (41) panic attacks (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (31) panic attacks (29)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (28) depressed mood (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (28) social anxiety disorder (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (10)
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 (41 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (84) anxious mood (48)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
anxious mood (54) social anxiety disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (27 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth nausea 19 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (53) depressed mood (32)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (35 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood emotional distress 13 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (51) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea decreased appetite 24 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
depressed mood (36) social anxiety disorder (18)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 12 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
anxious mood (41) 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 (31) panic attacks (29)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 37 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
anxious mood (28) depressed mood (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dizziness 27 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
depressed mood (28) social anxiety disorder (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
binge eating episodes dizziness and feeling faint 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (10)
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 67
20s 988
30s 1,943
40s 1,775
50s 1,301
60s 614
70+ 134
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,765
20-29 years 447
30-39 years 308
40-49 years 147
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 6
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,615
Female 5,204

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,272
Not Diagnosed 2,902

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