social anxiety disorder

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An extreme fear of humiliating or embarrassing oneself in social situations (e.g. dating, parties, eating with other people, asking questions, etc.). Symptoms include shaking, blushing, gastrointestinal disturbances, sweating, and other signs of anxiety; people with social anxiety disorder may avoid social situations. Treatment includes behavioural therapy and medication (e.g. antidepressants, anxiolytics, or beta blockers).

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