Parenting - Behaviour | 3-15 yrs

Social Anxiety And Children

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If your child is always worried that she might do something embarrassing, or anxious about social and performance situations in school, or is overtly self-conscious, she might be more than just shy, quiet or introverted. She might have social anxiety disorder.

Researches have found out that about 7% of children will have social anxiety disorder, but it can happen at any stage of childhood due to various reasons. According to an article in AnxietyBC, “Social anxiety disorder usually begins in early adolescence although it can start earlier during the elementary school years. It can develop suddenly after a stressful or embarrassing experience, or slowly over time.” However, understanding the root cause of social anxiety in your child might be vital in helping her overcome it.

Also known as social phobia, this disorder in your child is most likely to be the one that warrants most of your help and support. “The important thing to remember about social anxiety disorder is that there are effective ways of turning this around. Anxiety is a natural emotion and we all have the ability to harness it; some kids just need extra help to develop those skills. But when they do learn these skills, it is so heart-warming to see how their world opens up and their lives improve,” states an article in

As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.” Help your child in taking that first step, towards overcoming her fears and anxieties.

Take a look at this ClipBook, which compiles the best information about SADs in the web, to know more about its causes, treatment and prevention.


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