Child & Adolescent Psychology – The Chronicity Threat Of Social Phobia
Social Phobia is classified as an anxiety disorder. Children with the symptoms of such a phobia experience difficulties in their school and social lives. They tend to form fewer peer relationships, they often refuse to go to school and often lack in class participation skills.
The quality of their lives is negatively affected by the phobia, because they tend to avoid social situations and therefore limit their leisure time activities.
Children with anxiety disorders exhibit a decreased school performance and difficulties in finding a job in adulthood. Excessive shyness, anxiety, insecurity and contact avoidance are key indicators of social phobia in childhood and adolescence.
The following social factors have been linked to the development of this phobia. Parents need to be highly aware of those, to be able to protect their child from the experience of high levels of anxiety around fellow human beings:
Change of caregivers
Experiences of separation (divorce)
Lack of social rules and guidelines
A deteriorated mental health status of the parents
Social Phobia symptoms are often underestimated or misjudged as shyness, a temporary situation that resolves in adulthood. But social phobia symptoms often enough become chronic and the consequences are carried into the adult life. As a parent, it is crucial to be cautious. The development of social phobia is preventable.