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School Refusal

Some children refuse school due to social phobia (the debilitating fear of being judged, often for seemingly innocuous behaviors, occurring consistently over weeks), sometimes exacerbated by the challenges of school participation; the typical jostling for social status and/or bullying also exacerbates these children’s anxiety. (see Academic Failure) from NIMH’s nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/social-phobia-social-anxiety-disorder/index.shtml