Social Phobia in Children and Adults

Social Phobia in Children and Adults

From research and studies, it is evident that social phobia in children and adults are mostly caused by fear and anxiety. Social phobia is a fear-centered anxiety that causes its victims to shy away from the rest of the world. This fear and anxiety problem, affects people of any age and class. Children, teenagers, adolescents and adults suffer from this disorder, which limits them from exploring vital areas in their lives. This disorder affects the psychology of these people, and instill fear, shyness, and anxiety, which in turn causes them to miss out in life changing events like parties, get-togethers, school events and disables them from speaking publicly.

Social phobia in children and adults causes them to suffer many physical and emotional pains, discomforts and let downs. Social phobia causes many traumas in the lives of its sufferers (both children and adults). It makes them feel alone, sick, troubled, unappreciated, sad, moody, mentally disturbed, afraid, very shy, timid, isolated, quiet, idle, depressed, frustrated, temperamental, regretful, and suicidal, including many more feelings that are awful.

Social phobia in children and adults can be very alarming, especially when it takes them away from the essences of life, which would have made a positive impact in caving their future. These events could range from attending sporting activities, parties, musical concerts and many more. Social phobia could make an adult lack the ability to interact with the opposite sex or prevent a child from asking and answering questions in class. It affects all classes of people in many different ways. Like for teenager and adolescents, it could make them not experience the fun of going to parties, going on dates, and even making friends.

Social phobia in children and adults could cause them to have all manner of feeling roaming in their heads; these sufferers often think they are occasionally being judged, thereby causing them to have a self-conscious feeling, and a feeling of inadequacy. There are no specified causes for social phobia, but many other factors has been pinpointed to cause it, and they include early bad experiences, huge embarrassments, a shameful act, or have experienced a major stress in life.

Other causes of social phobia in children and in adults are, hereditary factor, sexual abuse, the society, the level of violence’s in the home, the individual’s temperament, child and parent’s relationship, the individual neurology factor, the families socializing level and the presence of a nagging parent.

The many symptoms of social phobia in children and in adults are, the intense fear they feel (consciously), unconscious fear, high level of anxiety and nervousness for no reason, sweating profusely, sadness, very emotional and sensitive, constant blushing, always moody and sits idle, lacks focus and concentration, suffers constant diarrhea, stomach aches, tantrums and nausea.

Social phobia in children and in adults can be treated or corrected, but it will require the undivided attention of either their parents or guardians. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. So immediately you notice the above listed signs in them, endeavour to correct that child immediately before it becomes a part of them as they grow.

There are also medications, you should indulge the sufferer with, which will help in their rapid treatment. These drugs are antidepressants like an SSRI, MAOIs, Ativan and some other good medications from Amazon displayed below. In addition, use the natural therapeutic method of treatments, which is by showing love to that child or adult, care, be a good support system and a good role model. You should ensure you give them your undivided attention if you really want to correct this disorder.

To finally “nail the deal” of correcting this social phobia in children and in adulthood, you have to help them socialize. Take them out to shop, buy ice cream, parties, other very fun, and busy areas where they will have to see and converse with others. Make them trust you enough; give them a listening ear when they feel like talking. Be their friend and invite other friends to the house for a fun meal or barbeque.

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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States

Someone important in my life has this issue. I found many of these very interesting. I wish it was as easy as just getting them socialized. Even when they have begun to socialize, they will have relapses and you feel like they are lost in their own shell again, and it will take awhile, before they come back out again.


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sagbee 6 years ago from Delhi

A very nice and informative hub.. I was aware about the social fobia but due to which circumstances it pops up and under which all conditions are unaware to me.. thanks for sharing...


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lawretta 6 years ago from England Author

hi Angela,

social phobia is easy to treat and cure but you have to be dedicated. it does not just end at socializing the person or child, you have to place them on medications or supplements to help correct their brains.


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TauntaBeanie 6 years ago from Columbus, OH

As someone with social phobia, I can tell you it is neither treated with medications, nor appropriate socialization. No one knew what to call it when I was a child, but looking back I can see how they tried to encourage me to participate in non-threatening social situations on a regular basis as you suggested. Even the medications that were tried only suceeded in convincing everyone that I was something other than me. Some people are not meant to be social. Different things work for different people, but it's imperitive to be wary of your expectations. Nice article. Hope it open some eyes.


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lawretta 6 years ago from England Author

hello Tauntabeanie,

thanks for your comment, but i have to tell you that things and times have changed. these treatments/ supplements do work, and socializing that child is a good way to start. thanks for stopping by.


Rahman 6 years ago

Hello Lawretta

Can You tell, What kind of supplements there is to take?

I hope i hear from you.


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lawretta 6 years ago from England Author

hi Rahman,

there are a lot of antidepressant drugs that really works well in correcting the brains like SSRI, MAOIs, Ativan and many more,but i will recommend that you talk to your doctor before using any of these drugs as they serve many different purposes to the level of phobia a client suffers.there are also very good supplements that doctors add to whatever drugs they give, but right now, i cant get the spelling right, so i will rather not write it. when i am sure of there spellings, i will include it in the hub. but see your doctor, he should know best. thank you

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