Can getting picked on in school worsen SA? I'm not talking about simple teasing. I seem to have gotten worse through high school. I wish that people would think about the things that they do and say to others. I wish they would stop and ask themselves how their behavior may affect another person. It has made me more defensive and afraid of people. There were times I wouldn't leave the house for weeks because I was so afraid of people. I used to have anger issues as well as SA. I've been able to let go of the anger for the most part, but the SA is still with me.