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Social Phobia: Inside a Common Mental Disorder By Elizabeth Seward

The root of all phobia is anxiety. For example, some phobias revolve around a person’s fear of heights—acrophobia—while others are based in a person’s fear of spiders—arachnophobia. Phobias can be debilitating for the sufferer and almost anything can be the subject of a phobia if the fear within the sufferer is severe enough. If left untreated, a phobia can disturb virtually every aspect of a person’s life. Otherwise regular and relatively simple tasks, like keeping up an acceptable performance level at work, can become difficult or even impossible because of a phobia. For this reason, it is important that people are able to recognize their phobias and seek treatment for them sooner rather than later. Introducing Social Phobia Social phobias can be particularly damaging for the sufferer because they can be very apparent and off-putting to those who are around the sufferer. Social phobias can make a person feel alienated and make collaboration of any kind difficult. At its root, a so…

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