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 for social anxiety disorder

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

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
852
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
546
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2571
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (1)

Data from patients with social anxiety disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (3 evaluations)
Side effects
sluggishness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog cold sweat 3 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with social anxiety disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has social anxiety disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 7 new patients joined this month
  • 1039 say social anxiety disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 36
20s 607
30s 1862
40s 2010
50s 1632
60s 1043
70+ 327
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1857
20-29 years 467
30-39 years 324
40-49 years 161
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 7
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1788
Female 5742

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3465
Not Diagnosed 2898

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