Socialising and Relationships
Everyone occasionally has feelings of low mood, anger, or anxiety. However, if these changes carry on for a long time or have a considerable impact on the young person and their interactions, it could be an indication to seek professional help.
Social anxiety disorder is a persistent and often overwhelming fear of social situations and is one of the most common anxiety disorders in children. It can manifest itself as an extreme form of shyness where the sufferer can experience fear and anxiety when undertaking everyday activities such as going out in public and speaking on the phone. People with social anxiety will worry about social activities before, during and after they take place which can become very distressing. They often fear they will do or say something wrong that will draw negative attention to themselves and this often has a serious effect on self-esteem and confidence.
Social Phobia is the overwhelming fear and anxiety surrounding public speaking or other social circumstances in which a child or young person feels ashamed, humiliated, or the centre of more unwanted attention than they would like.
The relationships with have with each other; our families, friends, partners, colleagues are vital to our wellbeing and sense of self. The intricacies of these relationships are specific to each individual but can often be frustrating, stressful or scary. It is important to remember that these difficulties are common and that you are not alone.
Bullying has a known negative impact on children’s mental health. Effects from bullying can result in long-term conditions including anxiety, trauma and depression which if left untreated can have a significant impact through to adulthood.
Treatment for socialising and relationship difficulties
In most instances, our initial assessments will dictate that we recommend children undertake a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These sessions will help them learn strategies that will enable them to cope in situations which trigger anxiety and overcome their difficulties.
Alternatively, we may conclude that the specific difficulty they are experiencing may benefit from additional Psychological, Clinical or Occupational Therapy. Should this be the case, we will discuss our suggestions with the child’s parent/guardian and will not commence any therapy until they are comfortable with the decision.
Whichever therapy we provide, there is no doubt that it can be very helpful for children to talk to a professional who can understand their difficulties and can support them appropriately, allowing them to be more open and honest about their thoughts and feelings and learn how to overcome their difficulties.
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All clinicians at Oxford CBT practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or are Psychologists, providing evidence-based interventions and support for Depression and a range of other conditions for both young people and adults. If you would like more information, please visit our FAQ’s page or if you have a question that is not listed please get in touch via our online contact form or call us on 01865 920077.