Going to School With Social Anxiety Disorder


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This article is a continuation of the Living with Social Anxiety Disorder series where web visitors are given a small insight into the daily lives of social anxiety sufferers. This particular article focuses on the difficulties of going to school and keeping up academic performance.

Imagine dreading going to school, more so than others. You sit in the back of the classroom or find ways to “blend” , because you fear being called upon by the instructor to answer a question. You also avoid lunch and may even skip it, or other classmates see you as aloof or snotty because you don’t talk others. You have a question about class work, but you’re too afraid to ask for help because you fear that other students or your teacher will think you’re uneducated. If even one or all the situations describe the way you feel, then you probably have social anxiety disorder.

Some people with social anxiety disorder do very poorly academically and some may even drop out of school if the anxiety is too much to bear. Students with social phobia do not usually ask for help, in the classroom setting, out of fear of embarrassment. Most students will remain relatively unnoticed (won’t stand out) or invisible by others in the classroom.

Students with social anxiety will tend to stay away from school activities such as sports, choir, and band where their “performance” can be criticized. These same students are often seen by others as loners, snobby, or just uninterested in anyone or anything.

When it comes to classroom participation there be little or none on part of the student with social anxiety. In groups, the person with social phobia may not voice his or her opinion about something even if she or he wants to. Projects that require the student to do public speaking will probably not be done by the student. In high school academics, social anxiety suffers who don’t participate in class or ask for help might be overlooked by educators that think the student is uninterested with academics which will further make them overlooked.

We hope this article has given you some insight into the difficulties of people with social anxiety when they seek an education. If you’re one of millions that feels this way, then read more of the articles for information on getting help and treatment for social phobia.

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  • Boby Swaggat

    Am Roshan 18 yrs old a real anxious students in sense even doing things ,I don't trust myself because of thinking what I had done in a class give me a hard time ,even if there is presentation in front of the class tomorrow I will think about it thousand time what would I do because am too anxious to people and what about whole class so during the class session I decide to run from my group members and go hiding for this I feel real embarrassed. Because even talk is the problem because of being criticized so for this reason am too lonely and no friend at all.

    Staying indoor after coming home where am out from school till tomorrow the day to school again ,from this situation my mind blow and asking myself what is the problem with me ,One day I decided to go to a group of friend since I know my problem I was mouthshut my lips was dry I don't have happy in my heart of being there because I had already criticized that "we don't like a person who can't even talk " and that let my heart burst with fear and stay silence for that and I don't know what happen after that my mind go blank since I had like to fight that guy and my mind go blank and thing come into my head that isn't right and from that moment I don't stay in a groups of closely friend in a 30 mins because they will already criticized me.

    Up to now I don't have a friend because any friend I stay near with me know about me so they keep HI at me and leave...that's it....?

  • Kylie Anne

    I've been home schooled since 2nd grade, and have social anxiety. Is going back to public school for high school gonna kill me?

  • Emily

    I hate public school and even am considering online school just because of my severe social anxiety. The only time I don't feel any anxiety is when playing violin, something I'm very passionate about. Other than that, I can't present in front of classes and hide in the back. It's stressful and scary.

  • Alecx

    This article really describes my high school life. I'm 15, a junior high and suffering from SAD. It makes me feel always embarrassed because whenever a teacher asked me a question my mind would go blank all the time and i got nothing to say and i would skip class just because of this.

  • Social anxiety is a huge burden to have, but I think it does get better.. maybe not at first.. it could even take a decade but when you finally feel better it could be worth it.

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