Social phobia or social anxiety disorder is a common anxiety disorder that millions of Americans struggle with everyday. It is a fear of embarrassment or humiliation in situations where other people are scrutinizing your actions or statements. 

The fear that social phobics experience is above and beyond the normal unease that people might feel before speaking in front of an audience, performing a play or going to a cocktail party filled with strangers. The fear and anxiety are so strong that they cause you to obsess over the event or avoid the situation altogether. 

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Would it be consider ichthyophobia, the fear of fish?

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There are two different types of social phobia. The first is generalized, where anything and everything in the way of social interaction has the potential to send your nerves into overdrive. People who are only afraid of a few or a particular type of social interaction have non-generalized or specific social phobia.

To help determine if you are suffering from social phobia answer “yes” or “no” to the following three questions:

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I think I may have a phobia of slugs and snails (worms bother me too).
I think I may have a specific phobia of slugs and snails (worms bother me too, to a lesser extent).
I can’t even look at pictures of slugs without getting freaked out.

Social phobia or social anxiety disorder comes in many forms. For some people, it crops up in specific situations, most commonly public speaking. In other people, it may manifest as fear of dating or talking to an authority figure. For others, it is a more generalized fear of interacting with people you don´t know or aren´t comfortable with. 

Social phobia should not be confused with shyness. Shy people can certainly be uncomfortable around others but they don´t suffer from extreme anxiety anticipating the event and they don´t necessarily avoid the situation that makes them anxious. 

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I know it sounds terrible, but I’m terrified of having a kid with a disorder of any kind, whether it be mental redartation, a physical disability, or some type of genetic disorder. I feel like I wouldn’t be willing to care for a child like that because of the frustration of knowing I’d never have a “normal” kid.

Is there a certain “-phobia” that describes this?

The fight or flight response is our body´s natural way of protecting itself from the dangers of this world. If a wild grizzly bear is chasing you, you run. Your body does it automatically. If your child is drowning, you jump in after them. You don´t think about it, your body just goes into action. 

Your body determines whether it´s best to fight or react or run. For people who have this adrenaline surge triggered, it is normally in response to appropriate situations. For phobia sufferers, this response kicks into action inappropriately, triggering panic attacks. The anxiety episodes are so upsetting, that many people strive, regardless of the consequences, to avoid a repeat performance.

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How might a clinician make a differential diagnosis between OCD and a specific phobia?

I’m writing a brief paper about panic disorder and just wanted to clarify something.

Are the recurring panic attacks caused by the same situation each time? Or do the panic attacks happen randomly?

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