ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 300.23

Social phobia

Diagnosis Code 300.23

ICD-9: 300.23
Short Description: Social phobia
Long Description: Social phobia
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 300.23

Code Classification
  • Mental disorders (290–319)
    • Neurotic disorders, personality disorders, and other nonpsychotic mental disorders (300-316)
      • 300 Neurotic disorders

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 300.23 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Bathophobia 300.23
    • Bromidrosiphobia 300.23
    • Erythrophobia 300.23
    • Fear, fearfulness (complex) (reaction) 300.20
      • of
        • eating in public 300.23
        • public speaking 300.23
        • washing in public 300.23
    • Phobia, phobic (reaction) 300.20
      • social 300.23

Information for Patients


A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger.

There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. If you become anxious and extremely self-conscious in everyday social situations, you could have a social phobia. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.

People with phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience

  • Panic and fear
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling
  • A strong desire to get away

Phobias usually start in children or teens, and continue into adulthood. The causes of specific phobias are not known, but they sometimes run in families.

Treatment helps most people with phobias. Options include medicines, therapy or both.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  • Panic disorder with agoraphobia
  • Phobia - simple/specific
  • Social phobia

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