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
45
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (41) anxious mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
anxious mood (30) social anxiety disorder (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (34) panic attacks (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
depressed mood (24) social anxiety disorder (17)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (32) depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
31
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (28) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
anxious mood (19) panic attacks (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
anxious mood (20) depressed mood (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (7)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
depressed mood (17) social anxiety disorder (10)
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 (21 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness memory problems 12 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (41) anxious mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness anger 6 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
anxious mood (30) social anxiety disorder (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 13 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
anxious mood (34) panic attacks (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 18 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (24) social anxiety disorder (17)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 14 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (32) depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks depressed mood 4 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (28) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
calming constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
anxious mood (19) panic attacks (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth apathy 34 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (20) depressed mood (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 4 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (7)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) insomnia 20 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
depressed mood (17) social anxiety disorder (10)
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?

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 938 say social anxiety disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 66
20s 832
30s 1974
40s 1955
50s 1482
60s 809
70+ 205
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1846
20-29 years 468
30-39 years 322
40-49 years 157
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 7
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1733
Female 5597

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3441
Not Diagnosed 2916

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