Do You Think That You May Have a Social Phobia?

Have you ever wanted to go to a party, the supermarket, or class but feel like you just can’t do it because there are many obstacles that make you feel way too uncomfortable to go? What a difficult way to spend your days. Just think of how many things you are missing out on. You probably feel isolated, lonely, and bored. This article will define a social phobia.

First, read this example…


Another young man wants to go to parties and other social events — indeed, he is very, very lonely — but he never goes anywhere because he’s very nervous about meeting new people. Too many people will be there and crowds only make things worse for him. The thought of meeting new people scares him — will he know what to say? Will they stare at him and make him feel even more insignificant? Will they reject him outright? Even if they seem nice, they’re sure to notice his frozen look and his inability to fully smile. They’ll sense his discomfort and tenseness and they won’t like him – there’s just no way to win – “I’m always going to be an outcast,” he says. And he spends the night alone, at home, watching television again. He feels comfortable at home. In fact, home is the only place he does feel comfortable. He hasn’t gone anywhere in twelve years. Read More>>>

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. or
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2 Responses to Do You Think That You May Have a Social Phobia?

  1. Corey says:

    Do I think I have a social phobia?

    I KNOW I have a social phobia!

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