Children With Social Anxiety Disorder Essay

1301 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Children with Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social Phobia, has consistent excessive fear of being placed in social situations that may lead them to be the main focus which may cause them any embarrassment (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). In order to be diagnosed, the anxiety must occur in peer settings (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Social Anxiety Disorder is very common among teens and rare among those under the age of 13 (Wittchen, Stein, & Kesller, (1999). Social Anxiety Disorder has a lifetime prevalence of 6% overall (Knappe, Beesdo-Baum, & Wittchen, 2010). More specifically, it is two times more common in girls than boys (Knappe et al., 2010). Girls are more prone to having Social Anxiety Disorder due placing more value upon personal relationships and being aware of how their peers view them (La Greca & Lopez, 1998).
Those diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder show a decline in school or work performances such as school refusal and disinterest in age appropriate activities (Knappe et al., 2010). According to the DSM-5, children have difficulty continuing a conversation, meeting new people, and being observed (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).They are often very emotional, socially fearful, lonely, avoid extracurricular activities and have few friends and tend to suffer in silence (Beidel, Turner, & Morris, 1999). They experience symptoms such as headaches and stomach aches (Beidel et al., 1999). Adolescents also experiences more…

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