We must OVERLEARN the Solutions

Our Facebook message for the day contains a lot of important information for overcoming social anxiety:

For all the problems, like social anxiety, that are caused by irrational beliefs and emotions, the ONLY solution is to learn how to get better.  Learning is a cognitive process, and we must OVERLEARN the solutions. Any therapy that works for social anxiety must change the brain itself. Only a learning, or cognitive, therapy can do this.

Repeat, reiterate, reinforce.  Anything you go over a lot tends to be remembered by the brain.  It's the same exact thing with therapy.  Repeat it, reiterate it, reinforce it.  As it becomes overlearned, you'll find your automatic thoughts, beliefs, and feelings will be changing, gradually becoming more rational all the time.

The ANTS cannot control you forever.  Every time you act against them, you are reinforcing that new neural pathway system in your brain.  Social anxiety really is a brain thing. And you are going to change your brain, so that social anxiety becomes a thing of the past.

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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.