Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety & Social Phobia Overview

People with social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, experience extreme anxiety in social situations. While many people are somewhat nervous about social interactions, people with social anxiety disorder have trouble with daily encounters. A person with social anxiety disorder may turn down a job where they need to give a presentation, or avoid situations where they could be seen or would need to interact with others. Some people with social anxiety disorder force themselves to endure public settings, but they do so with intense anxiety. The center offers individual cognitive behavioral therapy for people with social anxiety disorder.

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