When Shyness is the Sign of Something More, National Institute of Mental Health Study
Published: Oct 19, 2011
“Cut him some slack. He’s just a teenager.” How many times have you heard a parent utter that phrase to explain away a child’s moodiness? It’s no secret that teenagers are prone to mood swings and sometimes like to keep to themselves. But according to a study published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, some adolescents’ feelings extend beyond normal human shyness to a debilitating psychiatric disorder: Social phobia.