Activity in Our Social Anxiety Group

The social anxiety group planned and is participating in social activities together this week.  They chose to hike Lookout Mountain (small hike), go to a sports bar and watch the SuperBowl, go mini-golfing, and have a Game Night/Poker Night at one of the member's homes.  The group plans their activities, and they go to the ones they want.  (Nothing is forced on people.)  But by hanging out with other social anxiety people, they can practice many of the cognitive strategies -- and help each other out with them.  For example, several of the new group members need to slow their speaking/thinking down so that they can be more relaxed and calm.  If they ask other social anxiety group members to help them, the other member(s) just reminds them that "you're speaking a little too quickly" when it occurs. 

In addition to the proactive and practical help with the strategies, everyone is allowing themselves to feel more comfortable around strangers -- even though the entire group is made up of social anxiety participants.  Learning to enjoy being around other people is a very important thing to learn as they move forward in overcoming social anxiety.  

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The Social Anxiety Association

The Social Anxiety Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to meet the growing needs of people with social anxiety.  The SAA became inactive for several years due to lack of resources.  We are in the process of re-doing our website, listing all active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety, and renewing all our licenses.  Major changes will be happening by the end of 2013.  We publish new web content -- concerning social anxiety -- almost daily on the site now.

The Social Anxiety Institute is the largest website on the internet about social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Therapy programs have run at the Institute full-time since 1994.  Major new help for overcoming social anxiety is under development and will be introduced in 2013. 

For treatment: Overcoming social anxiety: Step by Step   A structured guide to overcoming social anxiety (a "How to" guide to get over social anxiety).

The Anxiety Network explains and describes five major anxiety disorders.

Guidelines for listing social anxiety groups on this site.  We cannot officially endorse groups, so check them out thoroughly.  We ask that they be groups that are operating, have a definite leader, and are thoroughly structured.  Social anxiety therapy groups are very different than the groups that operate for other mental health conditions.