Boxed in by Anxiety

Feeling Stuck?

Sometimes we feel stuck -- boxed in by social anxiety.  This feeling is false and is a trick that anxiety wants your mind to believe, but anxiety makes us feel we don't have options-- that we're hopeless and helpless to act against it.  For many people with anxiety, this feeling can last for years and severely cripples their social, occupational, and personal lives.  This is never based in rational thinking, however, and by learning cognitive methods and strategies (i.e., cognitive therapy) and changing the way we think, we can see how anxiety distorts our mind and our reality.  

Anxiety had me stuck and thoroughly mixed up, believing irrational things about myself that prevented any progress in life.  Why?  Because I believed a lie.  

As I began to see what anxiety had done to my life, I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Cognitive therapy helps get our mind thinking rationally--and pulls it away from the way anxiety warps it.  As Dr. Richards always emphasizes:  You CAN overcome social anxiety.  Cognitive therapy is the first step.  

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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.