Social anxiety (social phobia)Overview


Social anxiety disorder is an overwhelming fear of social situations like meeting or speaking to people.


Symptoms of social anxiety include worrying about speaking to people, dreading social events, avoiding eye contact and low self-esteem.


Talking therapies are the main treatment for social anxiety. Self-help courses and antidepressants can also help some people.

Page last reviewed: 09/03/2017
Next review due: 09/03/2020