Social phobia is when a person experiences anxiety in social settings or performance situations, causing them to be afraid of making mistakes. Turkey Medicals member and hospital department, Turkish Physiologist says that people with social phobia may also have physiological symptoms such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, hot flashes, as well as physiological symptoms.

Turkey Medicals gave information about the subject…

Have you ever had an intense fear of being introduced to a new person? Or did you notice the acceleration of your heartbeat, the tremor in your voice when you were going to make a presentation? These changes that you feel can be a social phobia. People with social phobia live with intense anxiety about social environments or performance situations where they can be examined by others. They are afraid of doing something incomplete or wrong, of being evaluated negatively, and they experience a feeling of embarrassment very intensely. Physiologist , which explains that there may be many reasons for the embarrassment experienced. Antalya Physiologist said, “For example, they are worried about showing a sign of anxiety (such as blushing, trembling) and that these symptoms will be noticed by others, and this anxiety can lead them into a vicious cycle. They may be afraid to talk strangely (about the structure of the conversation), or make mistakes about the content of the conversation. They may worry about being judged by others as boring, strange, inadequate. People can start experiencing anxiety (expectation anxiety) without entering the social environment, they either avoid it or exhibit safety behaviors,” she says.


Turkish Physiologist reminds that people with social phobia may have physiological symptoms such as increased heart rate, shortness of breath, chest pressure, dizziness, choking sensation, sweating and hot flashes in cases of anxiety and fear. In addition to these, behaviors such as missing a glance, unstable tone of voice, unstable expressions, hesitant gestures, not opening oneself, being distant, not answering phones, not returning calls can be observed in people with social phobia,  Turkish Physiologist said, Underlines that social phobia symptoms begin in adolescence in 95 percent of the patients who have applied for treatment. Despite this, Physiologist says that patients mostly start treatment in their 30s. Continues: “The 12-month prevalence rate of social phobia is 7.9% and the lifetime incidence rate is 13%. The incidence rate in women is 2/3 higher than in men. But whether a person has a social phobia or not can not be decided without consulting a professional, just by looking at the symptoms.” Turkish Physiologist said.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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