12 Percent of Shy Teens May Have Social Phobia
A small portion ofِ shy teenagers mayِ actuallyِ have social phobia, according toِ a newِ national study ofِ adolescents.
Social phobia, a persistent, debilitating fear ofِ situations thatِ couldِ involve scrutiny andِ judgment, isِ a somewhatِ controversial diagnosis inِ children andِ teens, withِ critics arguing thatِ the diagnosis turns normal shyness intoِ a medical condition.
To uncover theِ overlap betweenِ shyness andِ social phobia, theِ researchers drew fromِ a nationally representative survey ofِ 10,123 American teenagers andِ 6,483 ofِ their parents.
Of teens not identified as shy, about 5 percent met the social phobia criteria.
The results suggest thatِ social phobia isِ not simply shyness, theِ researchers wrote.
adolescents, social phobia affected a minority ofِ youth.
More tellingly, theِ researchers reported, teenagers whoِ met theِ criteria forِ social phobia reported moreِ social struggles andِ more additional psychological disorders thanِ the teens whoِ wereِ simply shy.