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What is social phobia in teens?

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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 handle social situations and enjoy your life again.

From: Do You Have Social Phobia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Schneier, F. , 1992.  Archives of General Psychiatry

Barlow, D. "Psychosocial treatments for panic disorders, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder" in: , Nathan, PE, and Gorman, JM (Eds), Oxford University Press, New York, 1998.  A Guide to Treatments that Work

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Social Anxiety Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "A Real Illness: Social Phobia" and "Facts About Social Phobia." 

Facts for Health: "Social Anxiety, Medications (Pharmacotherapy) and Ineffective Treatments." 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Anxiety Medications and Kids." 

Medline: "Anxiety Disorders." 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Social Phobia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

SOURCES: 

Schneier, F. , 1992.  Archives of General Psychiatry

Barlow, D. "Psychosocial treatments for panic disorders, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder" in: , Nathan, PE, and Gorman, JM (Eds), Oxford University Press, New York, 1998.  A Guide to Treatments that Work

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Social Anxiety Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "A Real Illness: Social Phobia" and "Facts About Social Phobia." 

Facts for Health: "Social Anxiety, Medications (Pharmacotherapy) and Ineffective Treatments." 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Anxiety Medications and Kids." 

Medline: "Anxiety Disorders." 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Social Phobia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 22, 2018

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