Slowing Down

High amounts of social anxiety can be viewed physiologically: it comes about due to an excess amount of adrenaline and cortisol.  Adrenaline speeds you up, and cortisol, the stress hormone, induces feelings of fear.  "Sped-up fear" is a good non-standard definition of social anxiety, although it's one that everyone with SA can relate to.  This combination of hormones leads to many situations that make life difficult for SA people.

You may be surprised to learn that all the repetitive statements about slowing down are done on purpose.  As you begin to slow yourself down, you are actually decreasing the excessive levels of adrenaline and cortisol in your body and brain.  This is part of the solution to 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.