Be Fair, Don't Compare

Please remember that comparisons always lead us in the wrong direction.  We pick out someone we think is better than us...and then come to the realization that we're not as good as them.  That, of course, is not rational. STOP all comparisons.  YOU are you.  You can get better.  You can change.  You can make different decisions. You can learn to be happier.  All of these positive qualities are already inside you ... in overcoming social anxiety, we just need to bring them out one by one, naturally and gently, and allow them to be used practically in real-life situations.

Social anxiety is all a "brain" thing.  What you believe about yourself today may not even be the truth.  But, if there is changing to be done, the brain is malleable, it is changeable, and it can be done.  Your neural pathways can and will literally change through cognitive behavioral therapy if you stay consistent with it.  That is how we get over 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.