Anxious children may have an intense fear of being embarrassed or humiliated.
What others think of you when you are young can be something to obsess over. Being accepted by their peers is essential to many school-age children, especially once they enter into adolescence. They want their classmates to like them. One of the most common phobias for pre-teens is “social phobia,” the fear of being laughed at by their peers. Embarrassment can have a very adverse effect on daily interactions. The worry that something will happen to cause them to be ridiculed could be a sign of anxiety. In the most extreme cases, the child may have a panic attack.
Others are down when they think that they have been the source of such mockery before it even happens. This fear can become quite extreme, which leads to children isolating themselves from other kids as well as adults to prevent such events from occurring. In more severe cases, it can be debilitating for them to speak to figures in authority or make presentations in front of the class, ultimately affecting their grades in the long run. If your child’s anxiety over being embarrassed is more extreme than the usual pre-teen kind of behavior, seek help from an expert.