What is the prevalence of social anxiety disorder (social phobia) in the US?

Updated: Mar 27, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is the most common anxiety disorder; it has an early age of onset—by age 11 years in about 50% and by age 20 years in about 80% of individuals that have the diagnosis—and it is a risk factor for subsequent depressive illness and substance abuse. [28]  The 12-month prevalence estimate of social anxiety disorder for the United States is approximately 7%. [2]


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