Some youth in school struggle with social anxiety disorder, an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations, a psychological disorder which effects youth immensely.
- Traumatic experiences (bullying, abuse, family dysfunctions, etc)
- New social demands’ (performing for the first time, reciting a speech, etc)
- Visible health conditions (Parkinson’s disease, rare genetic disorders that impact physical appearance, etc)
According to Village Behavioral Health, social anxiety leads to youth dropping out of school, having low self esteem and even carrying out crimes. Common co-occurring disorders such as depression, eating disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse may also lead to social anxiety.