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Social Phobia in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is social phobia?

Social phobia is a type of social anxiety disorder that causes a strong fear of being judged while doing something in public. Examples include public speaking, performing in front of an audience, or working out at a gym. Social anxiety disorder causes worry or nervousness in social situations, such as meeting new people.

What increases my child's risk for social phobia?

The cause of social phobia is not known. Your child's risk is higher if a family member has social phobia or his or her parents are overprotective, demanding, or judge harshly.

What are the signs and symptoms of social phobia?

How is social phobia diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask you and your child about his or her fears, worries, and behavior. The provider may ask if any family members have an anxiety disorder. The provider may ask if your child is involved at school and has friends.

How is social phobia treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I help my child with social phobia?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my child's doctor or therapist?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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