Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Social Anxiety Disorder

Kelly Drake, Ph.D., Jennifer L. Christofferson, Courtney P. Keeton, Ph.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Common, treatable anxiety disorder characterized by physiological distress, avoidance, and fear of embarrassment, humiliation, and rejection in social situations
  • In children, anxiety must occur with peers and not just adults.

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Last updated: October 16, 2014