Feeling extremely shy can be a sign of anxiety.
Personality is something everyone is born with. It makes you who you are, and some are more outgoing than others. A naturally shy child is not a sign of anxiety; it’s the extent to which that shyness plays out that might become a problem. Most children can feel nervous from time to time. Remember, anxiety is different from a child being naturally wary. If your child’s shyness becomes crippling and leads to them not wanting to be around anyone besides their immediate family, you should be concerned.
Look for signs such as your child becoming alarmed or withdrawing from other people, cowering when asked to play with other children, or clinging to you and crying. Shy children are more comfortable waiting by the sidelines than they are participating in the game or activity. These are signs of some kind of anxiety, and your child may feel increased feelings of loneliness or lessened self-worth. If it seems that your child is not growing out of the extreme shyness phase, you may want to seek professional help. Schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician to figure out how to help them.