Year: 2013 Source: Washington,DC.:American Psychological Association.(2011).310 p. SIEC No: 20130610

During adolescence, the physical, cognitive, and behavioral hallmarks of social anxiety disorder (SAD) often make their first appearance. This developmental period is characterized by rapid physical growth and sexual maturation, as well as unique emotional and cognitive developments and underlying neurological changes. At the same time, increasing social demands, peer pressure, romantic interests, hormonal changes, and greater independence present a dizzying and sometimes overwhelming array of challenges.