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What Is Social Anxiety in Children?

Learn about social anxiety in children from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.

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Social Anxiety Disorder is a very common disorder that can start as early as preschool and childhood years and carry on through adolscence and adulthood. Social anxiety disorder really is an intense fear, apprehension, and worry about being in sort of social situations. Children with social anxiety disorder have difficulty going to things they would normally enjoy like birthday parties or shopping malls and sporting events. Children with social anxiety disorder have an unrealistic fear of what might happen in this social situation. They fear being criticized, they fear being judged, sometimes they fear that others will hear their voice. This makes it very difficult for children and families sometimes to carry out day-to-day activities. Social anxiety disorder is treatable through behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and sometimes medication interventions. While social anxiety disorder has many factors, these are just some of the key facts involved in understanding social anxiety disorder.

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