I'm diagnosed with social phobia. Is that the same as social anxiety? Or is it a specific degree of social anxiety? Also.. I'm not sure I agree with the diagnosis. Does it mean that I'm afraid of other people constitutively? Because there are lots of people I feel comfortable with, and then there are other people whom I think I lean more closer to simply being 'shy' around, and not necessarily to the extent where I need a diagnosis. Where 'social phobia' comes into play is very specifically around people in an academic setting. I'm terrified of my advisor, professors, fellow students, ta's, fellow labmates, etc. Other than that, my fear of people is existent, but manageable.