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Social Anxiety Disorders in Teenagers

What is social anxiety disorder? It is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses. It consists of a persistent fear of one or more social performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The individual begins to fear that he or she will act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing.

Now let’s ask the question of what the causes of social anxiety disorder are. What are the causes of this disorder? Usually, it is developed in the childhood. The cause can be genetics if either of the parents had social anxiety as a child then the child is more likely to have it too. It can also be caused by the brain chemical imbalance. Where there is an imbalance of serotonin then it can be a cause of some disorders.

Another factor would be the environment in which the child grew up in. This can affect his or her personality. If he is embarrassed in front of other people then it can trigger social anxiety. Also another cause in teenagers includes negative experiences; this is because if they were embarrassed at school or were scrutinized because of their body image, it can trigger this disorder.

How does one know if he/she is experiencing social anxiety disorder? What are some signs or symptoms? Some signs include showing less interest in exploring new things. Also rather than being excited about new things, they are much more likely to be scared. Top ten social situations that are the most feared include the following: reading aloud in front of the class, musical or athletic performances, joining in on a conversation, speaking to adults, starting a conversation, writing on a the blackboard, ordering food in a restaurant, and attending dances or birthday parties.

The good news are that there are definitely several ways of treating this disorder can be reduced, controlled, or overcome. If this problem is detected in the early years as a child, a doctor can be seen to get additional help or guidance. This way it can be controlled before it progresses. Also if teenagers are experiencing this problem, the individual should make an appointment with a psychotherapist so the individual can make a diagnosis. This issue can also be further discussed with teachers in school to find out more about the individual’s performance and behavior in a classroom setting. Now to conclude, the most recommended type of treatment is known as cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps influence dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and cognitions through a goal oriented, systematic procedure.

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