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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
Anxious mood (60) social anxiety disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
65
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (62) Anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (50) 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
41
Tried for
Anxious mood (30) Panic attacks (28)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Panic attacks (9)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Insomnia (35) Depressed mood (2)
3 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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Pain (26) Anxious mood (6)
3 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 18 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (88) Anxious mood (48)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 20 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (60) social anxiety disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Emotional distress 13 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (62) Anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Anorgasmia 18 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (50) Depressed mood (32)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Loss of appetite 24 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (31) social anxiety disorder (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Calming Drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
Anxious mood (30) Panic attacks (28)
5 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 (36) Panic attacks (9)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Insomnia (35) Depressed mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Dizziness 33 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) social anxiety disorder (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Nausea 12 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
Pain (26) Anxious mood (6)
3 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 76
20s 1,016
30s 1,872
40s 1,692
50s 1,207
60s 558
70+ 112
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,732
20-29 years 434
30-39 years 295
40-49 years 147
50-59 years 48
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

76% Female
24% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,112
Not Diagnosed 2,896

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