Say No to Setbacks

When in the process of overcoming social anxiety, setbacks can and will happen.  It can seem like we get "stuck" or have a setback frequently, and that can become discouraging for people.  Although this is part of the process of beating social anxiety, we can also learn not to have so many and such deep setbacks.  You do have some control over them.  In fact, you have many more options -- to get out of a setback -- than you may realize.  It's just that no one has ever told you about these ways yet. 

But the options are there, and you can get to the place where you don't need to go through any "sticky points" at all.  This is actually part of the material you can learn in therapy for social anxiety.  For example, activity (being proactive) -- when you feel down -- can change your mood, your outlook, and eventually your brain.  Just getting up and getting active is one way that works to get out of a low mood.  Using other distractions, such as singing or even doing household chores, can help us focus away from our problems and move towards a more positive line of thinking.  Even though these things may seem like small steps, they add up over time as you continue to break the cycle of negative thinking.


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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.