Social Anxiety: What Is It?

Children with social anxiety disorder struggle with excessive self-consciousness that goes beyond common shyness. Kids with social anxiety disorder worry so much about being judged negatively by others that they stop doing the things that they need (and want) to do for fear of embarrassing themselves.

Social anxiety disorder mostly affects adolescents, although it can also begin in childhood. Undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to isolation and depression.

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What Is Social Anxiety?