Children at Risk

Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common of all mental disorders. Studies estimate rates of social phobia in youth at approximately 1-9%, depending on the age and gender. Twice as many females as males have social anxiety disorder. Social anxiety disorder usually begins in the early to midteens, although it can sometimes begin earlier in childhood or in adulthood. Family history, negative life experiences, anxious temperament and new social demands are also risk factors.