Social Anxiety

On May 29, a Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30, WizChinese’s Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club (PACPC) held the second Zoom meeting of their “Pressure and Emotional Management” series. With 32 attendees, Dr. Catherine Shir, Dr. Flora Ma, and Dr. Rona Hu led a presentation about social anxiety.

They first discussed the effects of social anxiety, including higher risks of depression or substance abuse. They then characterized common symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD), including blushing, trembling, sweating, worrying about social interactions, and avoiding situations. The doctors then delved in on causes of social anxiety disorder, which consists of a combination of biological, personality, and social factors. Whether one has an overactive amygdala, a shy, timid, or withdrawn personality, experience over-parenting or a lack of parental warmth, or gone through childhood bullying are all potential causes of social anxiety disorder. Parents are especially important role models for children, and can help them manage anxiety through communication and support. Finally, the doctors discussed treatments for social anxiety disorder, including psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and medical therapy, consisting of antidepressants such as SSRIs, B-blockers, and anti-anxiety medication. Studies show that combined therapy of CBT therapy and medication prove to be 81% effective. Dr. Catherine Shir shared an informative handout on social anxiety, as well as videos which links are,, and