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How shy can one be before shyness be classified as a mental illness?

How shy can one be before shyness be classified as a mental illness?

Quality of life: If the shyness is a barrier that prevents you from doing things that you would like to do or want to do, then it probably is a disorder. However, it is a very treatable disorder. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Ned Kalin
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Shyness (Definition)

People range in how they interact with others from very introverted or shy to very outgoing. Those that are shy tend to want to be by themselves, a introspective and thoughtful, anxious in their interactions with others and may prefer solitary activities rather than social ones. These are style differences and fall in the range of "normal." Some people are shy sometimes ...Read more


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How to tell shyness from a mental illness? Can be hard to tell?

All about function: Shyness is a part of personality - the outward appearance of internal feeling. Everyone is perhaps shy or hesitant to share personal aspects of their life. Shyness and a shy personality only become a disorder or illness when they persistently interfere with function. If a person functions well then their shyness is not an illness. ...Read more

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Do doctors consider extreme shyness as a mental illness?

Do doctors consider extreme shyness as a mental illness?

No: Shyness is not a psychiatric diagnosis, though some disorders can present as or lead to shyness, especially anxiety disorders. An informal term of "pathological shyness" refers to someone so shy in so many situations and to such an extent that it impairs function; often, such people have a fairly severe anxiety disorder or other condition that, if treated, would make the shyness less severe. ...Read more

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Do you think extreme shyness is a form of mental illness?

Do you think extreme shyness is a form of mental illness?

Not necessarily.: If this is the only issue, then likely not. On the other hand, if the shyness is caused by excessive worry or anxiety or a real fear of people, it could be related to a mental illness. ...Read more

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Can extreme shyness and a fear of people, in a young child, lead to early mental illness?

Can extreme shyness and a fear of people, in a young child, lead to early mental illness?

Not necessarily: But it is important to seek help.A behavioral therapist could be very helpful in helping your child overcome these issues.Uncorrected yes, they could lead to mental illness. ...Read more

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How can one overcome bladder shyness?

How can one overcome bladder shyness?

Long breaths: Deep breath in and long breath out while relaxing all the body especially the sphingter. ...Read more

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Is shyness something one can grow out of... I'm Extremely Shy to the point of coming of rude.. What can I do? :/

Is shyness  something one can grow out of... I'm Extremely Shy to the point of coming of rude.. What can I do? :/

Shyness is: Something that can be attractive. When it becomes extreme it interferes w/life and relationships. You can read the work of psychologist dr. Philip zimbardo for help. He is an expert on shyness. Also, please seek help from a mental health professional. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shyness and social anxiety disorder?

What is the difference between shyness and social anxiety disorder?

Difference of Degree: Shyness refers to a personality trait that is relatively common. Social anxieity disorder is a much more disabling condition in which a person's functioning is significantly impaired by anxiety related to social settings and situations. ...Read more

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How do you treat or cure shyness in your child, without medicice?

How do you treat or cure shyness in your child, without medicice?

Shyness not illness: Shyness is not an illness; it is a personality trait. However, sometimes there are underlying issues related to anxiety that need to be treated. If it seems to be a more serious problem, please do not label your child "shy". Try not to put your child "on the spot". Help build up your child's self-esteem and give your child plenty of encouragement. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between shyness and something else?

Impairment: Most of us are shy in at least some settings. If you are shy but it doesn't interfere with how you live your life, don't worry about it. It shyness starts to rule--avoiding situations, refusing to go somewhere you really want to go, becoming a "homebody, " then it well may be more than just shyness and time to seek help with a professional. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more