Social anxiety disorder

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What is social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety or phobia is characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to one type of situation or, in its most severe form, one may experience symptoms anytime they are around other people.

Common symptoms reported by people with social anxiety disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with social anxiety disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (73) anxious mood (37)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
anxious mood (44) social anxiety disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
52
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (49) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (47) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
depressed mood (30) social anxiety disorder (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
anxious mood (37) panic attacks (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
anxious mood (29) panic attacks (25)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
pain (27) anxious mood (5)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
anxious mood (23) depressed mood (9)
5 more

Data from patients with social anxiety disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with social anxiety disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (36 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness memory problems 19 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (73) anxious mood (37)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
anxious mood (44) social anxiety disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (34 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood flashbacks 10 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (49) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for social anxiety disorder (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth nausea 21 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
social anxiety disorder (47) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea decreased sex drive (libido) 21 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
depressed mood (30) social anxiety disorder (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion drowsiness 27 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 12 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (37) panic attacks (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
calming drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (29) panic attacks (25)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (27) anxious mood (5)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 4 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (23) depressed mood (9)
5 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with social anxiety disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has social anxiety disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 68
20s 957
30s 1964
40s 1849
50s 1359
60s 688
70+ 154
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1816
20-29 years 464
30-39 years 319
40-49 years 151
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 6
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1671
Female 5372

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3386
Not Diagnosed 2922

These charts show data from social anxiety disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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