Does your teen or young adult experience intense anxiety or nervousness when faced with social situations, including attending school?
Are they always worried about making mistakes, looking bad or being embarrassed in front of others?
Are they so fearful being judged or criticized by others that they are avoiding school altogether?
If you answered yes to any of the above, your teen or young adult may have a social anxiety disorder. While it is normal to feel nervous in some social situations, people who experience daily social anxiety tend to avoid everyday interactions that cause them significant fear, anxiety, self-consciousness, and embarrassment because they fear being scrutinized or judged by others.
Teens and young adults with social anxiety or school refusal often experience significant distress in the following situations:
- Being teased or criticized
- Being the center of attention
- Being watched or observed while completing a task
- Having to say something in a formal, public setting
- Meeting people in authority, such as important people or authority figures
- Feeling insecure and out of place in social situations
- Embarrassing easily
- Meeting other people’s eyes
Social anxiety disorder is a chronic mental health condition. For students, school can become a trigger to this anxiety. Learning coping skills and strategies can help your teen or young adult gain the confidence they need to lessen their fears and improve their ability to interact with others.
School avoidance is a serious problem that can worsen rapidly. There are programs that specialize in helping teens overcome this debilitating anxiety.
If your teen is refusing to go to school, and you feel that you have tried everything, I encourage you to contact me today for a free consultation.