Shy Teens at Higher Risk of Substance Abuse


Shy teens at higher risk of – While shyness is often thought to be relatively harmless, it can in fact have damaging effects on young people. Dr. Bernardo Carducci, Director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast, finds that shy male teens, who may turn to drugs and/or alcohol to help deal with stressful social situations, are at a higher risk than their peers to develop substance abuse. One way to help shy teens avoid these potential dangers is to encourage them to get part-time jobs at which they are forced to interact with customers.


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22 Responses to Shy Teens at Higher Risk of Substance Abuse

  • kinghingle says:

    To be honest with u.. this advice seems to be a bit insensitive, and takes into NO ACCOUNT whatsoever for individual differences. If someone has a ‘chronic’ problem with being shy to the point where it is disabling,,, you should see a good psychologists about it. For alot of people getting a job that forces interaction might be the right step,? but if you are not one of thoes people someone needs to get you feeling more comfortable before this kind of thing is forced upon someone

  • MsPingu112 says:

    its not a good solution youre right. i did the same and it brought my? self esteem even lower when i was fired from MCDONALDS! bullshit. they thought i was slow. it was bullshit

  • MsPingu112 says:

    I wish some smart intelligent? adult had discovered me when iwas younger. i dont think i turned out so bad so far – but ive made mistakes. i couldnt go to my parents for advice or help or uspport – theyre useless.

  • eastariel says:

    A horse I adopted in my teens taught me about world peace. Rebel was a broken-down show horse — abused, starving, and angry. I saw myself in him. After paying his ransom, I took him to the wilderness, loosened the reins, hung onto his mane for dear life, and just let him run!
    After a year? of getting to choose his own path through the wilderness, Rebel became as gentle as a dove. He regained his peaceful free spirit, and so did I. He taught me? the importance of freedom in achieving world peace.

  • Edwordierred says:

    This? Video is a load of fake psychiatry, socialogy, and garbage,….Kinda Funny LOL!!! cuz I’m a very shy person and I never used drugs nor plan to ever use drugs in my life even if im in a very stressed situation. I never talked to a shy person who has done drugs or drink alchohol

  • Edwordierred says:

    whats 100 percent correct??

  • shthd84 says:

    yeah? get a job working at taco bell where you get treated like shit by asshole customers and get your self esteem fucked up more

  • TylorDestroyer says:

    haha they recommend getting a job to keep teens from drinking. thats a good plan, get them all stressed out at a bullshit fast food place,? dealing with pissy customers all day and then tell them not to drink. i’m sure anyone who has worked with the public at all knows what i mean.

  • frankee187 says:

    i think this could be true but maybe you should look at the kids whove responded to this and actually ask teens instead? of making presumptions. Teens do drugs for thrills, it doesnt matter what you say its the truth

  • wantedlonewolf says:

    i dont think these guys are talking about “heroin” …. lol

    their talking about ganja, xtc, cocain…. have fun when ya? young drugs

    if ya wana live boring or have other ways of having fun then by all means do it, but for those in run down area’s and poor country’s and place’s, need drugs, and illeagle raves, dirt bikes…. its how we live..

    Weed/bikes = my life.

    some people like it that way, these people just dont like that we like it.

  • 69salford69 says:

    “a kid doesn’t KNOW the drug will be fun, but is hoping and risking it will be”

    – a kid is meant to climb trees and get into mischief. When he’s faced with an ASBO, heroin seems more appealing.

    You? can’t even play football where I live.

  • wantedlonewolf says:

    tabaco abuse? lol
    shyness research institute? LOL!!!

    this is? the bigest load of bollox since the government!!

  • Nantchev says:

    hmm? intresting.

  • 69salford69 says:

    Teens take drugs? because its fun. Simple as that.

    If drugs were boring, teens wouldn’t take them.

  • miamazing says:

    Drug dealers often approach vunerable people. Friends offer their friends drugs.

    And i? think the thing about jobs is right- it does give you more confidence.

  • madmental7 says:

    BIGGEST LOAD? OF BULLSHIT EVER!! yeah so a shy teen is going to approach a drug dealer or ask someone to get there drink.
    Yeah right then..

  • ocarina59 says:

    I like the way they talk about teenagers as if we’re a bunch of dumb animals, with no mind? of our own and just act on instinct.

  • Jon brah says:

    Can’t? hear a fuckin thing! Why’s his voice so quite.

    Nvm only had Left earphone in lol

  • kylecyclopdoddsmole says:


    fukin hell man… this is the kind of shit doctors cum up with just so people have something to talk about and discuss on a friday night.

    this is the biggest load of shit ive ever heard, i mean if a teenager was shy, wouldnt that lessen the chances of him/her taking drugs, because if they did people would start talking about them which is exactly what the shy? teenager doesnt want

  • ILuvOmarionG says:

    Oh right, i understand? lol!!

  • ILuvOmarionG says:

    Fuck this, i’m shy, but why the hell would i? take drugs??
    Fuck the Government (apart from Obama)

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