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How Shy Can One Be Before Shyness Be Classified As A Mental Illness
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
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
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
Is shyness something one can grow out of... I'm Extremely Shy to the point of coming of rude.. What can I do? :/
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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