Most teens get a little nervous in social situations, like public speaking or working in groups. Teens with social phobia are highly anxious in situations like these. Their anxiety may make them avoid everyday social activities and can make social interactions very uncomfortable.
If you have these feelings of social phobia, it's important to know that there are treatments that can help you cope with social situations and enjoy your life again.
By Rachel Ehmke
We hear from a lot of teens who say they need help with an emotional or mental health issue, but they aren't sure how to tell their parents, or are afraid to bring it up.
It's understandable—telling parents that you're facing something that feels really big, like anxiety or depression, can be tough. You may already feel that they’re angry or disappointed in you.
But parents are almost always more sympathetic, and less judgmental, than you imagine. First, though, you need to...