Social Anxiety Disorder: Children and Education

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Social anxiety disorder is a major problem that affects millions of Americans. And while this phobia is common in adults, more and more children are being diagnosed as well. As you can imagine, this leads to problems when it comes to education. Not only do children with social anxiety disorder need to learn how to overcome this problem, but teachers and counselors must also learn more.

Research has shown that some students have become so bad with social anxiety disorder that they are afraid to speak and interact within an educational setting. In basic terms, when social anxiety disorder effects a child it creates fear of being criticized by others. In some cases it can be so bad that it leads to physical sickness as well.

The problem with social anxiety disorder in children is that it can be difficult to determine the difference between this phobia and basic shyness. It is much easier to diagnose social anxiety disorder in adults because they will usually shy away from all situations and stay to themselves. But in children this is not always the case. Instead, they often times act out in fear which makes a diagnosis much more difficult.

As a parent it is important to closely monitor your child. Although you cannot do so while your child is in school there are ways to check up on them. For instance, are your child’s grades as good as they usually are? If not, this may be a sign that they are experiencing some sort of trouble. Additionally, stay in touch with your child’s teachers so you can quickly get word if this problem begins to rear its ugly head.

Social anxiety disorder can lead to children not wanting to go to school and/or receiving bad grades. While social anxiety disorder can be difficult to diagnose it is the job of the parents and school officials to watch for this phobia in their child and students.

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  • Research has shown that some students have become so bad with social anxiety disorder that they are afraid to speak and interact within an educational setting. In basic terms, when social anxiety disorder effects a child it creates fear of being criticized by others. In some cases it can be so bad that it leads to physical sickness as well.

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