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Back to School for Socially Phobic Extroverts: The Valedictorian No One Saw Alone

Friday, September 7, 2018,
Categories: Adolescents

Many kids with severe social phobias are never identified because they masquerade as extroverts. They "have to" be surrounded by people, but do so to deflect attention, and suffer internally. Often with above average intelligence, they overcompensate by cleverly controlling situations to mask social anxiety. They are frequently the valedictorian, class president, homecoming queen, football captain, or “go-to” classmate for advice who "no one would ever know" suffers painfully with extreme feelings of embarrassment and isolation. They fall under the radar of teachers and parents who assume popularity and a smile equals confidence.

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