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
56
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (51) anxious mood (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
anxious mood (39) social anxiety disorder (8)
1 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)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (37) depressed mood (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
40
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (37) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
anxious mood (26) panic attacks (23)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (26) social anxiety disorder (18)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (8)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (21) anxious mood (3)
2 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 (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 14 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (51) anxious mood (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness anger 12 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
anxious mood (39) social anxiety disorder (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 12 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (37) panic attacks (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth nausea 20 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (37) depressed mood (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (25 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks agoraphobia 7 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (37) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
calming drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (26) panic attacks (23)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 21 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
depressed mood (26) social anxiety disorder (18)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth decreased sex drive (libido) 32 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 4 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (8)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite feeling of disconnection 2 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (21) anxious mood (3)
2 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 72
20s 881
30s 1976
40s 1939
50s 1454
60s 773
70+ 194
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1843
20-29 years 467
30-39 years 322
40-49 years 155
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 7
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1725
Female 5570

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3434
Not Diagnosed 2917

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