Why have so many students have social anxiety

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Never used to be a thing, you’d just be ‘shy’.
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**** with that typo 💩
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the rate of mental health issues has OVERALL risen substantially in the past two decades for multiple reasons. not just for students but they do have the worst of it. Could be many factors but I believe social media and ‘internet living’ has alot to do with it
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there is nothing as anxiety the thing is people are just worried of how people see them and this limits how much people are open to speak
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It is nothing new that common personality traits have started being classified as mental disorders. I think it has to do with how everyone wants something to blame apart from themselves, so they may say they have "anxiety" or "depression" or "gender dysphoria" to pretend it's something out of their control when really it's their own attitude that's holding them back.
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(Original post by StarmanJr)
It is nothing new that common personality traits have started being classified as mental disorders. I think it has to do with how everyone wants something to blame apart from themselves, so they may say they have "anxiety" or "depression" or "gender dysphoria" to pretend it's something out of their control when really it's their own attitude that's holding them back.
i disagree
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(Original post by StarmanJr)
It is nothing new that common personality traits have started being classified as mental disorders. I think it has to do with how everyone wants something to blame apart from themselves, so they may say they have "anxiety" or "depression" or "gender dysphoria" to pretend it's something out of their control when really it's their own attitude that's holding them back.
I strongly, strongly disagree.
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Social anxiety is an emotion that has always been around.

I think you mean social anxiety disorder. "Never used to be a thing," when does that refer to? It has been called different things throughout the 20th century, but wasn't researched well until the mid 1980s. I doubt that so many students have social anxiety disorder.

If you did mean social anxiety, then the answer is; humans have a range of emotions, this is one of them that is displayed by nearly everyone at some point of their lives. Students aren't an exception to this.

(Original post by StarmanJr)
It is nothing new that common personality traits have started being classified as mental disorders. I think it has to do with how everyone wants something to blame apart from themselves, so they may say they have "anxiety" or "depression" or "gender dysphoria" to pretend it's something out of their control when really it's their own attitude that's holding them back.
So my constant fear and crying and not wanting to have ever been born as a four year old child was just my attitude? I bet any person with anxiety or depression blames themselves, as I do. Constant blaming of myself for being inadequate, so I have to strongly disagree with everything you've written.

It's not common personality traits, you haven't even mentioned personality disorders. Even then, there is evidence that BPD has genetic and hereditary factors as a cause. These things cause distress and have other bad symptoms which affect you physically.
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Never used to be a thing, you’d just be ‘shy’.
I think this is a very good question. Social anxiety is a lot more than being shy.

Off the top of my head I would link it down to changes in society and instead of going out to play with other children they stay indoors and away from strangers then exist on social media. No idea but I would expect children who play with others from an early age pick up social skills and arent scared of interacting with others.
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Yes it is. It is an emotion. When you say social anxiety disorder, then it's a disorder. But it's perfectly fine for anyone to say they experience social anxiety, as most people will have done in their lives.

Social anxiety isn't merely getting anxious when you're in a social setting
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(Original post by StarmanJr)
It is nothing new that common personality traits have started being classified as mental disorders. I think it has to do with how everyone wants something to blame apart from themselves, so they may say they have "anxiety" or "depression" or "gender dysphoria" to pretend it's something out of their control when really it's their own attitude that's holding them back.
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id like to STRONGLY disagree too.Ever heard of genetics?
as for social anxiety I think most have self-diagnosed themselves.And the reasons for anxiety maybe from comparison on social media,peers/school/home expectations,fear of being judged etc.
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(Original post by StarmanJr)
It is nothing new that common personality traits have started being classified as mental disorders. I think it has to do with how everyone wants something to blame apart from themselves, so they may say they have "anxiety" or "depression" or "gender dysphoria" to pretend it's something out of their control when really it's their own attitude that's holding them back.
Um I’ve actually been diagnosed with anxiety and am undergoing treatment for it
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I discovered this when I went to university. I would talk to a girl and she wouldn't talk back. It happened a lot. Then I'd talk to another person and they wouldn't talk back.
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