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Social Anxiety Disorder Statistics

(Also Known As: Social Anxiety Statistics, Anxiety Disorder Statistics, Anxiety Statistics, Social Phobia Statistics, Anxiety Disorders Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Incidence and Prevalence of Social Anxiety Disorder

Determining the prevalence of social anxiety disorders in the general population of the United States is quite challenging because of the different estimations of researchers on the threshold of “significant interference” with the occupational or educational functioning of the individual. Aside from that, various studies have concentrated on various subtypes of social phobia.

One study revealed that 20% of the adult participants recorded a high degree of anxiety connected to public speaking or other kinds of public performance, but only 2% recorded sufficient distress to meet the diagnostic criteria for social anxiety disorder. Due to the difference in estimates, epidemiological and community-based research has placed the lifetime prevalence of social phobia at 3% to 13%.

The kind of situation associated with social phobia varies in the general population in contrast with the clinical population. According to surveys involving adult patients, a majority of those diagnosed with social phobia have a fear for speaking in public with 45% reflecting fear of meeting new people and talking to strangers. Among the adult participants involved in the survey, fear associated with eating, drinking, or writing in public is less likely. In contrast, people seeking treatment for social anxiety disorder in outpatient clinics are more likely to develop fear of various social situations instead of one. Social phobia comprises 10% to 20% of anxiety disorders diagnosed in patients in outpatient clinics, but it is rarely the cause for hospitalization.

Community-based studies reveal that social anxiety disorder is more likely in women although in some samples of clinical patients, the ratio of sex prevalence is 1:1 or most of the patients being male. The researchers reached the conclusion that the higher prevalence of social phobia in women was a mere reflection of women being more open about their feelings than men.

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