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
847
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
536
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2531
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (24)

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 (21 evaluations)
Side effects
memory problems sleepiness 12 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 13 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood flashbacks 4 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (24)
  • 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?

  • 9 new patients joined this month
  • 948 say social anxiety disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 60
20s 801
30s 1981
40s 1948
50s 1504
60s 841
70+ 220
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1850
20-29 years 469
30-39 years 321
40-49 years 158
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 7
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1738
Female 5625

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3447
Not Diagnosed 2917

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