Introduction to Social Problem :
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and the Impact it has on Students in the Foster Care System
Lifestyle changes can be overwhelming and take time to adjust. Unfortunately, for
children in the foster care system, constant changes can take place until they are placed with a
permanent family, as they age. One of the most common effects of these changes is the
development of social anxiety.
Social anxiety, also recognized as social anxiety disorder or social phobia, is a mental
state condition. This disorder has been known to be a normal reaction to stress. These feelings
are experienced on emotional levels that can cause mental breakdowns. These feelings are also
physical levels by causing
sweating, and trouble breathing. There are also
cognitive levels that can cause severe discomfort that can lead to people avoiding being around
others. This is also a cause that leads to fear. Fear is a common response to anxiety, and can
affect people's daily lives. Social anxiety disorder can affect anyone of any age. This disorder
senses a feeling of discomfort or nervousness in large crowds, meeting new people, and being in
a group-like setting. This form of anxiety is very common and can be triggered at any moment.
Most women are more affected by this disorder than men. There are treatments for this disorder
that can help people get back to doing things that they would do in their productive lives
American Psychiatric Association, 2021).
Sometimes people are nervous by just talking to people they have never met before.
Others might be nervous while speaking in front of an audience. However, a large number of
children that grow up in the foster care system suffer from social anxiety because of how
frequently they are moved within the system, from the time they are placed or until they age out.
Some of the nervousness can come from them being around various types of people or being