Social anxiety disorder

Children with social anxiety disorder are excessively self-conscious, making it difficult for them to socialize with peers and participate in class.

For a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder, a child’s fear of being humiliated during social encounters must be severe enough to interfere greatly with her normal functioning. Symptoms include:

  • Actively avoiding anxiety-inducing social situations or suffering through them with intense distress
  • Panic reaction (shaking, sweating, shortness of breath) in response to social situations or, among young children, tantrums and crying
  • Fear of appearing anxious and being judged negatively for it