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What is the difference between social phobia and general shyness?
Many people who are shy become more outgoing as they become more confident in themselves. But social phobia is a medical disorder that needs to be treated. It won't go away on its own>
Diagnosis and treatment
The strength of your reactions to your social fears is the biggest indicator. Do you worry excessively about being judged or embarrassed in front of others? Do you think everyone else is confident and you are the only one with irrational fears? Do you go to great lengths to avoid going to social events or become so nervous before a social event that you feel or become physically ill? Has your aversion to social events continued to increase, perhaps even extended to the point where you have difficulty going to school, work or other places that have been a routine part of your life?
Dr. Kinsey Shultz Piatz is a family medicine doctor at Sanford North Mandan Clinic. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed her residency at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, Iowa. To make an appointment with Dr. Shultz Piatz, visit bismarck.sanfordhealth.org or call (701) 667-5100.