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Social Phobia Among Adults

Social phobia is characterized by a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and feeling embarrassed or humiliated by their actions. This fear may be so severe that it interferes with work, school, and other activities and may negatively affect the person’s ability to form relationships.

Additional information about social phobia can be found on NIMH’s social phobia page.

Social phobia among adults.  Prevalence as a percent of  U.S. adult population
Social phobia among adults. Demographics (for lifetime prevelance) as a percent of U.S. adult population Social phobia among adults.  Average age-at-onset: 13 years

Social phobia among adults.  Treatment/Services use as a percent of those with a disorder

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1  Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of twelve-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun;62(6):617-27.
2  Ibid
3  Kessler RC, Berglund PA, Demler O, Jin R, Walters EE. Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;62(6):593-602.
4  Ibid
5  Ibid
6  Wang PS, Lane M, Olfson M, Pincus HA, Wells KB, Kessler RC. Twelve month use of mental health services in the United States. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;62(6):629-640.