More than shyness, this social anxiety disorder causes intense fear about social interaction, often driven by irrational worries about humiliation (e.g. saying something stupid or not knowing what to say). Someone with social anxiety disorder may not take part in conversations, contribute to class discussions or offer their ideas, and may become isolated. Panic attacks are a common reaction to anticipated or forced social interaction.
Social Phobias have grown in recent years, beyond physical social experience. The idea of social settings stretch beyond these boundaries, opening new avenues of anxiety with the growth of technology and the base of the social scene shifting to online presence and interactions. These types of social phobias can be particularly difficult for teenagers, while also being more difficult for parents to recognize the source of peer associated phobias.