You're about to discover how to overcome specific social fears.
Mental health professionals have traditionally called severe social anxiety "social phobia." Recently the term "social anxiety disorder" has come into use. We will use social anxiety disorder in this manual with one exception. We will describe how to overcome specific social fears like worrying that others will see your hand shaking while writing a check.
Because these fears tend to be very focused, we continue to use "specific social phobia" to describe this aspect of social anxiety disorder.