Social phobia. The most common anxiety disorder

Aust Fam Physician. 1997 Sep;26(9):1061, 1064-7.


Social phobia, the avoidance of social situations for fear of humiliation and embarrassment, has historically been under-recognised. Today, social phobia is the third most common psychiatric disorder that, left untreated, has been shown to have a marked impact upon the quality of life and success of sufferers. Specific pharmacotherapy and psychological therapies used simultaneously or alone, have been shown to be efficacious in the treatment of this disorder.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Anxiety / psychology*
  • Australia
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Phobic Disorders / physiopathology
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy*
  • Prognosis
  • Social Behavior Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Social Behavior Disorders / physiopathology
  • Social Behavior Disorders / therapy*