Everyone has felt anxious in social gatherings. It’s practically a universal human predicament. Depending on the psychological and emotional strengths and weaknesses of children, the level of anxiety experienced in public settings can vary.
However, for some it can be strong. And for many children, it’s so strong that they have what’s known as Social Anxiety Disorder. It’s a psychological illness in which the fear of social situations, specifically fearing judgment and embarrassment in those situations, is excessive. A child might be excessively worried about how he or she looks or will behave and might even avoid those situations to escape the anxiety, rather than enjoying that experience. Social phobia tends to also come within an extreme feeling of self-consciousness and a fear of humiliating oneself. Continue reading