Teens, Social Anxiety, and Substance Abuse

A teen with social anxiety feels highly pressured to avoid negative evaluation from others. Teens with social anxiety may try to impress their peers by behaving inappropriately. The constant anxiety brought on the condition can lead to poor choices such as experimentation with drugs and alcohol.

Even adults who have social anxiety disorder are vulnerable to alcoholism and addiction. This is why parents of highly anxious adolescents must be proactive in getting treatment for their children.

To ensure that your anxious teen is developing healthy coping styles, you can talk to a licensed mental health professional.

Read more about the connection between social anxiety and alcohol abuse at the link below.