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Understanding social phobia is not always easy …
Social phobia is a disease that is defined by an intense fear of the other. It affects about 4-5% of the population. This goes further than simply being shy or reserved (cf: Shyness vs. being reserved …), because it is an extreme and lasting fear that tetanize and panic in certain situations.
The physical symptoms that accompany this fear are often tachycardia, sweating, hyperventilation, blushing that can range up to breathing difficulties, abdominal pain, nausea, stuttering and even crying. Depression is often associated with this social phobia.
Fortunately, there are more or less effective treatments like psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy. The researchers still have not found the reasons for this exaggerated reaction.