Anxiety Disorders – Who is Affected by It and What are The Symptoms


Do these comments raise concern in your mind about our youth? It shocked me as I read these posts in the forums. Our youth are suffering from the after effects of stress and we’re not paying enough attention to their silent cries for help. That is even more disconcerting to me and I feel that we need to take action as parents, guardians, counselors and tutors to stop the atrophy of the future of the human race before it is too late.

Reasons for Social Anxiety Disorders in Teenagers

Social anxiety disorders do not raised of just one or two stressful days. It could be the net effect of years of stress imposed knowingly or unknowingly on the minds of our young, possibly since early childhood. The environment when person has grown up and often plays a big factor for shaping the character. Children growing up in families having domestic turmoil or living in rough neighborhoods or peer pressure at school frequently grow up with inferiority complexes and lack of self confidence. Furthermore some parents who prefer to see an image of their own continue on to the future generation often are guilty of literally imposing a certain line of study or career on their child, who could not have the proper acumen or basic inclination to follow that area of specialization.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorders

Warning signs may be almost subliminal in the toddler and early academic year, but they tend to become increasingly evident as the child goes through the schooling system. Symptoms such as falling grades, keeping off social gatherings, spending more time at home rather than out in activities with kids of the same age group, preference to stay behind closed doors, a generally calm and unusually introvert nature, random blank stares (as if drifting away), lack of concentration, pounding heart, excessive and random sweating, frequent headaches and an overall uninterested and ambivalent nature are all indicators that the child is under some sort of stress related disorder that could eventually turn into social anxiety disorder when he or she enters college. As parents, guardians, educators and counselors, we have a social responsibility to our future generation to have the maturity to notice these early warning signals and take corrective action. Performing a social anxiety disorder self test on the child from time to time can provide valuable insight on the status of the problem and get a chance to take action early on in life.

Every teenager has immense potential to make our world a better place, when channeled in the correct direction. As grownups we need to help our children paint a roadmap that they will enjoy following throughout their childhood and college years, so that they can recognize their ambitions and live fuller lives.

When left untreated social anxiety disorders could lead to depression, frustration and even get the person addicted to nervous system inhibitors such as alcohol and recreational drugs, which frequently leads the person to withdraw him or herself from public and social life.

Overcoming Social Anxiety Disorders

Cognitive behavior therapy is widely prescribed by clinical psychologist all over the world to the common man that is quite a mouthful. But the heart of this therapy is the core goal to instill self confidence in the mind of the patient to such a level that he or she may overcome the disorder and begin a new chapter in life. Instead of focusing on negative aspects of the patient’s life, the therapy focuses on the more positive aspects and requires the patient to draw the power of optimism to overcome the social anxiety disorder.

It is important to realize that nobody is perfect and everybody has strengths and weaknesses. SAD suffers place a greater emphasis on the weaknesses rather than strengths and the basic goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to make the patient believe in his or her own abilities and make that so special that gradually begins to instill the much needed self confidence. A surprisingly large number of SAD teenagers have reported that they were rarely congratulated or encouraged during their childhood years by their guardians who were too negative minded themselves to even bother pepping up their child. When such patients are made to understand that they are also special in their own way and have traits that others don’t, it works wonders for the battered mind.