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Can children have social anxiety disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Small children can show signs of shyness that may later develop into social anxiety disorders. Social phobia may not become apparent until a child hits puberty. People have also been diagnosed with social anxiety disorders as teenagers and adults.

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