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It is normal to feel anxious or nervous in social situations, for example, meeting unfamiliar people, attending a function, giving a speech or presentation at school or at work. However, people with social phobia feel highly anxious in those same situations. They have a marked fear or anxiety of social or performance situations in which they are exposed to possible scrutiny by others.
Some common physical symptoms people with social phobia might experience are:
Social anxiety can be overcome with effective psychotherapy and/or medications. Psychological therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, and exposure and response prevention therapy can help people with social anxiety. Strategies such as relaxation techniques and regular exercise may be helpful in reducing anxiety and it is also good for general mental well-being. Medications may also be prescribed to relieve anxiety symptoms.