Child and Teen Social Anxiety Disorder

Children and teens with Social Anxiety Disorder have an excessive fear of social and/or performance situations. They are overly concerned that they may do something embarrassing or humiliating, or others will think badly of them. These children constantly feel "on stage," which can lead to a great deal of self-consciousness.

  • Social anxiety disorder usually begins in adolescence.
  • It can develop suddenly after a stressful or humiliating experience or slowly over time.
  • An equal number of girls and boys experience social anxiety.
  • Some of the problems associated with social anxiety disorder include poor school performance, low confidence in social situations, trouble developing and maintaining friendships, and depression.