20. May 2021.

Social phobia… still just shyness?

At the beginning of the pandemic, authorities across the globe used the phrase “maintain the social distancing”. On how it has impacted our mental health and what is social phobia you can read more in the paper written by Diandra Konač, a mentee in the Mentorship program “Mreža mozgova 2.0”. Development of paper was supervised by Miloš Đuranović, our member and a psychology student at the University of Padova.

The year of 2020 was like an uninvited guest. It crashed the party in all its glory, and sure enough, it did not come empty handed, kindly gifting us with many health related issues. One of many being mental health conditions such as panic disorder, social phobia, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They though, are not news to our society. Such mental illnesses have been having an impact on the human nation for quite some time now, though their appreciation history doesn’t go that far… Social phobia, a “neglected anxiety disorder” that was not fully appreciated until the late 1980s, is quite a good example. What is social phobia? Is it a kind of social distancing? Or is it simply shyness?

There is a tendency in today’s society to underrate anxiety disorders, with many individuals even referring to them as made up, imagined, or fake. Social phobia, just like any form of anxiety disorder is very much a real state of feelings and, as a matter of fact, a very serious topic to be discussed.

You can read the full paper on the following link: Social Phobia