Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Social Phobia

Social Phobia

This refers to extreme fear of social or performance situations. Often thought of as mere shyness, symptoms are actually much more extreme. Children with social phobia tend to fear that will be under intense scrutiny and that their behavior will result in embarrassment or negative evaluation. The fear can be of specific situations such as, speaking in public, or generalized across multiple situations. These children will often avoid situations that cause anxiety, including school, which can limit their daily activities and relationships.

Helpful Websites

The Child Anxiety Network
Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Books for Children & Teens

   What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder

by Emily Ford, Michael Liebowitz & Linda Wasmer Andrews



National Institute of Mental Health, Always Embarrassed: Social Phobia