medical Definition of social anxiety disorder
- The essential feature of social anxiety disorder is marked, or intense, fear or anxiety of social situations in which the individual may be scrutinized by others.
- —Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, 2013
- About 5.3 million Americans … suffer from social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia. It occurs in women twice as often as men. Symptoms include a persistent fear of being scrutinized and humiliated in public, excessive worrying, profuse sweating, trembling and stomach discomfort.
- —Patricia Guthrie, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 29 Feb. 2000