Extreme and irrational shyness/fear, social/performance situations, marked interference w/functioning. Affects 13% of pop., females more, onset during adolescence w/peak at about 15.
Causes: Bio.& Evo. vulnerability. Direct conditioning, observational learning, info. transmission.
Medical Treatment: Tricyclic antidepressants, MAOI, SSRI.
Psych. Treatment: Exposure, rehearsal, role play in group--Highly effective.