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Teenage Alcoholism More of A Risk For Shy Teen Boys

Posted Nov 04 2010 10:26am

Shy teen boys are at greater risk of teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse according to Dr. Bernado Carducci, Director of Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast. The stressful social situations of asking a girl out or initiating small talk with a stranger drives this shy group to drink or use drugs. Boys are at higher risk than girls for this type of behavior. The other risk factor is adolescence which is known as a time for risk taking.

As a psychiatrist that specializes in addiction, shy teen boys are using alcohol and drugs as a way to overcome shyness. It is almost a form of self medication.

Here are tips to parents who want their teens to overcome shyness without resorting to teenage alcoholism or teenage drug abuse: 1. Shy teen boys who work part-time where they forced to interact with the public will become “desensitized” to socializing with strangers and develop more self confidence. This may steer your shy son from resorting to teenage substance abuse.

2. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro seem to be effective to overcome shyness. I never prescribe the medications for shyness, but it is an extra benefit. If your son has an Anxiety Disorder that warants treatment with an SSRI, he may overcome his shyness as he takes more social risks and matures.

3. Being involved in a play or a performance related activity , such as a band, debate team etc. can also help boost social confidence. Being successful in a sport where you are also “on display” whether it is tennis, soccer etc. may help.

4. If  your teenage boy seems shy and withdrawn, he may be suffering from depression. His depression must be addressed because depression is another risk factor for teenage substance abuse.

If you want additional help with teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse,  click here to register for my free report on, “How To Avoid The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make With Their Addicted Teen Or Young Adult Child”. It may save your family’s life. It outlines the typical mistakes families make that actually perpetuate teenage substance abuse.

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