Social anxiety in teenagers

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Avatar n tn This is more than shy; after all, your son is now 14 years old. I suspect what you are seeing is "social anxiety". I might suggest you google the phrase "social anxiety in teenagers" or "social anxiety disorder" or similar words/phrases to see if the descriptions remind you of your son. You mentioned that your son only talks to one or two friends - is he able to speak to his teachers and other adults?
20899505 tn?1601782302 m a mom of two teenagers and a person that gets anxious in social situations myself. I term it that way because getting nervous in social situations is a bit different than social anxiety. I am sorry this is all so tough on you. I know it feels bad. I was very anxious socially until my first job that had me talking a lot with the public. I had to. It was forced at first but I found the more I did it, the easier it was.
Avatar f tn It is possible your child is suffering from severe social anxiety - selective mutism. You might wish to check the best site on the internet "" for more information. If the behaviours described are similar to your son, I urge you to seek treatment as soon as possible. By the way, a child who is shy is able to function; a child who suffers from anxiety is not able to function i.e.
Avatar f tn It appears your daughter is suffering from anxiety - whether it be separation or generalized or social is irrelevant. I suspect the health issues you have stated are all the result of untreated anxiety. If anxiety is the issue, I assure you that your daughter will not outgrow it nor will it go away. Untreated anxiety can ruin a life. By the way, anxiety is highly treatable and a very common mental health issue.
Avatar m tn They might offer medication to help with the anxiety or psychotherapy. It sounds as though you may have social anxiety or just anxiety in general. Working with someone on issues such as self-esteem, etc could be really helpful. I would advice just being yourself. If you try being someone you're not you can lose yourself. This can create more stress. It sounds as though a couple of therapy sessions could point you in the right direction.
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Avatar n tn As you have found out, your son will not outgrow this anxiety nor will it go away. But, anxiety can be difficult to treat in teenagers so I would hope you seek additional help as soon as possible. It appears from your posting that the help you have is not sufficient. Hope this helps ...
Avatar f tn So I'm 17 and I suffer with Anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD, bi polar and depression. I went to my doctor about it and he said that he won't prescribe me with anti depressants because I'm not over 18 he told me to get professional counselling but If I can't even tell my parents my problem how does he expect me to tell a complete stranger how I feel?
494087 tn?1257793207 I was diagnosed with social anxiety and panic disorder a year ago. I take remeron and klonopin but the doctor says only to take them at night. I think I need some medication to get through the day but I am afraid to tell him I am having trouble getting through the day. I always have a butterfly feeling in my stomach and when I have to go in public I get very nervous and feel like everyone is looking at me. I guess my question is does anyone else feel this way and what should I do?
5148952 tn?1364321766 Realizing that we are all human and that many feel a touch of anxiety in new social situations (or old ones even that one is still getting comfortable with) helps. Trust me, you are not the only one feeling anxious at a social gathering. Look for others looking for people to talk to. They are always there. Some selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI's have indications for social anxiety and work very well. I tried Prozac with great success. Lots of luck to you.
Avatar f tn So I've just recently become open with my social anxiety. I remember being in middle school and thinking that something was horribly wrong with me. I would get so nervouse around people. My body would tremble, my voice would shake and I couldn't think clearly. I've become more comfortable with being uncomfortable, and yes I do notice that there are plenty of people that are shy, but I really hate the fact that my real personality can't show when I'm around people.
Avatar f tn I have a presentation coming up next week, so I decided to go and seek medical help today. I went to my doctor and he diagnosed me with social anxiety. He said that the best treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy, but he prescribed me some medication to get me through this semester. He prescribed 10 mg propranolol (inderal) 3 times a day and an extra 10 mg inderal 1 hour before the presentation + 0.25 mg Xanax 1 hour before the presentation.
Avatar m tn I've suffered a great deal in social settings for many years now, completely unable to make new friends or reconnect with my old ones and too scared of large groups to go back to college or seek employment. I think it stems from the bullying I experienced when I was in grade school. I would panic all day because I was usually picked on by a group of kids and would only relax when I was finally back home and in my room.
899491 tn?1243773627 I hate when people enter my little world too. I always thought that social anxiety came hand in hand with depression or people with social anxiety are more likely to be depressed/bipolar. Heh, I make noises to communicate too and my boyfriend always says, "We use our words!
Avatar f tn Anyone else get social anxiety in big groups? I have always been an anxious person in general but i have always Been able to manage it and show up to group events. I have noticed now though the farther along i get the more anxious i get and the more i get the overwhelming urge to bolt from events. Its getting bad too. Any one else or any ideas?
Avatar f tn Yes, it does sound like social anxiety. Have you thought about getting in to counseling to help with this?
Avatar f tn If you find the answer to this question, let me know. Iam the exact same way. People seem to think i am stuck-up, or a b tch. My husband is the only one that gets me. One thing I have learned, when i do talk to people, i try to talk enough to bring up my shyness and it seems after that they know im not stuck-up and they reach out more. I dont take it anymore but when i was on lexapro, i was more confident with who i was and was able to talk more to people.
722310 tn?1234762137 I have a question about social anxiety accompanied with phobia. I am a mother of 5 and I have had social anxiety since I was young. I am now 45. I bagan to drink and use drugs at an early age, to help bring comfort when I was around people. I had it pretty well managed, by making myself get out. I have had counseling in the past, but I never discussed this with the counsler, because I really didn't think it was a major problem for me. My 2nd son is turning 16 next month.
Avatar m tn At party or other social functions, I tend to watch from the sidelines instead of engage in discussions with others. Oh sure, I give the occasional greeting...."How you doing"...."What's new"..bla bla bla. But that's about the extent of it. I really dont' care for small talk of no substance. My wife on the other hand, will talk about anything and everything. She's more extroverted than I.
Avatar f tn Yes you do have social anxiety. I have had it for years and now it has turned into agoraphobia. I also have panic attacks. I am not saying all this could happen to you but just be aware of these things. Have you seen a therapist? I stay secluded to my home but my therapist is trying to help me with these issues. I take xanax for the panic attacks and anxiety. But they do have different meds. I suggest you go to a mental health facility in your area. They can be quite helpful.
Avatar f tn I would also have to agree that counseling can really help with social anxiety. First of all, don't feel ashamed or embarrased about it because many people suffer from this in my opinion. In my experience, counseling can she some light on why you are feeling anxious, make it less confusing, and gvie you as step by step approach to confront it.
Avatar f tn So I have endured Social Anxiety all my life. Along with Depression, these two make a great pair! My question is this. How does one go about getting a job, going back to school, buying a car, etc, when you don't have money, because you can't get a job because you can't be around people (social anxiety)? This *****. It's really a nasty circle.