Skip to main content

Social Anxiety


Many of us are fearful of being judged by others. But, for those with social anxiety disorder, the associated negative thoughts and physical sensations – a racing heartbeat, irregular breathing and tense muscles – can be crippling.

In this episode, clinical psychologist Professor Peter McEvoy discusses what's being done to help sufferers address their social anxiety now and in the future.

  • What’s the link between digital connectedness and social anxiety? (03:27)
  • What new treatments are available? (06:41)
  • Do online treatments work as well as face-to-face treatments? (11:17)
  • Professor McEvoy discusses the link between parents and children with social anxiety (13:32)
  • What’s the first step someone should take to address their social anxiety? (15:25)

Have you been feeling anxious? You may want to contact Beyond Blue.



Curtin University supports academic freedom of speech. The views expressed in The Future Of podcast may not reflect those of the university.

Music: OKAY by 13ounce Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library

You can read the full transcript for the episode here.