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Is it possible for a young little girl who was normal in social situations before to suddenly become very withdrawn?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but why?

Age of the child could be important here.
As dr. Webb implies, such a change rarely occurs without a reason--and looking for the reason definitely is warranted. Something has changed at home or school that has shaken her confidence--a move, tension within the family, teasing from peers, something. If it hasn't been long or the reason is clear, be patient. Otherwise, seek help.

In brief: Yes, but why?

Age of the child could be important here.
As dr. Webb implies, such a change rarely occurs without a reason--and looking for the reason definitely is warranted. Something has changed at home or school that has shaken her confidence--a move, tension within the family, teasing from peers, something. If it hasn't been long or the reason is clear, be patient. Otherwise, seek help.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

This could happen if she encountered a frightful social situation for her and now she is nervous in similar situations.
Talk with her and find out if she is anxious or scared about anything in particular. Try to avoid loud large groups at first and instead bring to her small gatherings of people she knows and is comfortable around. As she warms up slowly start introducing her to bigger groups.

In brief: Yes

This could happen if she encountered a frightful social situation for her and now she is nervous in similar situations.
Talk with her and find out if she is anxious or scared about anything in particular. Try to avoid loud large groups at first and instead bring to her small gatherings of people she knows and is comfortable around. As she warms up slowly start introducing her to bigger groups.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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