Diagnosis

Among the criteria for diagnosis of social phobia (according to DSM-IV, (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders –IV), 1) an individual, when exposed to the feared social situation, must invariably experience anxiety and must recognize that this anxiety is excessive or unreasonable, 2) the individual experiences intense distress while in the feared situation or avoids it, 3) the social phobia interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, social activities, or occupational/academic functioning.