Social Anxiety in Children and Teens

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hi I'm dr. Richard Heinberg director of

the adult anxiety clinic of Temple

University and a member of the anxiety

and depression Association of America

which is partnering with the Andrew

cookus foundation for social anxiety

today I'm talking about social anxiety

disorder in children and teens this

disorder is characterized by an intense

fear of being negatively judged by

others symptoms may be so extreme that

they disrupt daily life children

adolescents and teens with this disorder

may have few or no friends they may not

participate in class or play at recess

many shy children overcome their shyness

but if your child has had trouble making


or avoids participating in school and

social activities and shows no signs of

improvement consult a health

professional family history of anxiety

or depression increases the risk that

this may not be shyness your child will

grow out of social anxiety disorder does

not just go away and the consequence is

often including loneliness low

self-esteem reduced success in school

depression and substance misuse for

children and teens typical anxiety

provoking situations are answering

questions in class asking the teacher a

question having a school picture taking

PE class writing on a whiteboard and

inviting others to get together the

typical age of onset is 13 years old but

younger children can also suffer rather

than saying they are anxious or afraid

children at this age are more likely to

say they are experiencing physical

symptoms some common physical symptoms

of socially anxious children include

stomachaches queasiness or butterflies

nausea rapid heartbeat shortness of

breath dizziness dry mouth rushing and

headaches if your child describes these

symptoms in relation to social

situations the problem may be social

anxiety disorder

children need to be properly diagnosed

and treated early intervention and

treatment can be very successful and it

may prevent the development of other

disorders so be sure to ask for help

the Andrew cookus foundation for social

anxiety provides support to help you


and conquer this often debilitating

disorder the anxiety and depression

Association of America can help you find

resources and a therapist who

specializes in treating social anxiety

disorder to learn more visit the anxiety

and depression Association of America at

adaa org and the Andrew cookus

foundation for social anxiety at a KF sa