Irrational Behavior

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Definition

Social phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties and other social events.


Alternative Names

Phobia - social; Social anxiety disorder


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

People with social phobias fear and avoid situations in which they may be subject to the scrutiny of others. It may begin in adolescence and may be associated with overprotective parents or limited social opportunities. Males and females are...

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