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
79
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (72) anxious mood (37)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
anxious mood (43) social anxiety disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (47) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
50
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (47) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
depressed mood (32) social anxiety disorder (22)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
anxious mood (39) panic attacks (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
anxious mood (27) panic attacks (25)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
pain (27) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
anxious mood (23) depressed mood (9)
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 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness memory problems 19 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (72) anxious mood (37)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
anxious mood (43) social anxiety disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth nausea 22 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (47) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (29 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks agoraphobia 7 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (47) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea decreased sex drive (libido) 25 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
depressed mood (32) social anxiety disorder (22)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (39) panic attacks (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion drowsiness 29 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
calming drug dependence 13 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (27) panic attacks (25)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (27) anxious mood (5)
3 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 (23) depressed mood (9)
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 68
20s 939
30s 1971
40s 1875
50s 1388
60s 716
70+ 165
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1829
20-29 years 467
30-39 years 320
40-49 years 152
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 6
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1696
Female 5430

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3414
Not Diagnosed 2924

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