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How do I know if I have a social phobia?

To figure out if you have a social phobia rather than a normal level of fear and nervousness in social situations, you may want to seek the guidance of a medical professional. If you fear being trapped in social situations, you may have some level of agoraphobia. Panic attacks can also be a symptom of an intense social phobia as well.

Katherine Lee
Social Work
You have social phobia if you find yourself being “abnormally” afraid of social situations where you may be embarrassed or judged. You might excessively worry about what others think of you or how you might humiliate yourself in others. This fear is very intense and interferes with your day-to-day functioning. 

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