Therapy Reminders

Overcoming social anxiety involves putting the cognitive strategies into place (behaviorally) in your life at work, school, home, social situations, etc.  One tip to help you remember to USE the strategies instead of letting anxiety take control, is (for example) writing "ST" -- for slow talk -- on anything you will see many times throughout the day. You can write it on notebooks, your desk drawer, the mirror in the bathroom, an index card for your pocket, your purse, or in the car.  Get creative with this.  Each time you look at the "ST" you know it stands for slow talk -- calm talk -- and if your brain is reminded, over and over again, and in situations you face every day, it will be easier to remember to USE it when anxiety begins.

Bring the cognitive strategy out to the "real world" slowly but progressively.  ALWAYS start with the easiest people or situations because everything I just wrote will not work in a high anxiety situation yet.  Talk with the person you feel the most comfortable with, someone who is approachable.  Start with the EASIEST situation, use slow talk, get used to it...do it again until it's a habit.  It's just slowing down a small amount.

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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.