WHAT IS SOCIAL PHOBIA?
Kolkata Psychiatrist Dr Sagnik Mukherjee says “It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous in social situations where we might come under the attention of others, whether they’re strangers or people we know. Attending a formal, family function, giving a speech at a wedding, doing a presentation to work colleagues are likely to cause nervousness and anxiety, both in the lead-up and during the event.”
Dr, Mukherjee also says “For people with social phobia, performing in front of others and social situations can lead to intense anxiety and They may fear being judged, criticized, laughed at or humiliated in front of others, even in the most ordinary, everyday situations. For example, the prospect of eating in front of others at a restaurant can be daunting for some people with social phobia.”
SOCIAL PHOBIA MAY OCCUR IN THE LEAD UP TO OR DURING IN:
1. performance situations
2. Involving social interaction
3. Social phobia can also be specific; where people fear a specific situation or a few situations related to a specific fear.
Common symptoms of social anxiety include physical symptoms and psychological symptoms. The physical symptoms that can be particularly distressing for people with social phobia include:
blushing or stammering when trying to speak
nausea or diarrhea
These physical symptoms often cause further anxiety as the person fears others will notice – even though these signs are usually barely noticeable to those around them.
People with social phobia also worry excessively that they will do or say the wrong thing and that something terrible will happen as a result.
Have you felt very nervous or embarrassed when faced with social situations or events? For example:
meeting unfamiliar people
being observed (e.g. eating, drinking, talking on the phone, or writing in front of others)
performing in front of others
Have you avoided a situation because of your phobia? For example, have you:
not gone to certain interactions or events
found it hard to go about your daily life
If yes, you may be experiencing social phobia.
Social phobia is treatable and seeking professional support is the first step to recovery. There are two main types of effective treatments for social phobia; psychological treatments will generally be the first line of treatment. In some severe cases, medication can also be effective. Book your appointment with the best psychiatrist in Kolkata.
Dr. Sagnik Mukherjee is a highly regarded psychiatrist in Kolkata, bringing over a decade of experience in mental health to his practice. With a medical degree from Chittaranjan Hospital and an MD in psychiatry, his expertise spans adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, child psychiatry, depression, anxiety-related disorders, and relationship issues. He has built a strong professional foundation, having worked at esteemed institutions such as Chittaranjan Hospital, SVS Medical College & Hospital, KPC Medical College, and Iris Hospital. His clinic is known for its advanced technology and state-of-the-art infrastructure, providing personalised mental health care, including medication management, individual and group therapy, and specialised services for substance abuse and eating disorders. His holistic approach takes into account lifestyle, diet, environment, and family dynamics when creating effective treatment plans. Additionally, he’s a respected TV speaker on social issues and offers online consultations for patient convenience, making him a trusted figure in the field of psychiatry in Kolkata.