post

LOST IN THOUGHT (part 2): COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY

Thoughts and Feelings in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Social Anxiety Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has repeatedly been shown to be the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder for the large majority of people. A central principle in CBT is that what we feel—such as social anxiety—is created not directly by a situation we experience, but […]

SOCIAL PHOBIA & DATING

Statistics shows that about 3.7 percent of the U.S. population ages 18 to 54—approximately 5.3 million Individuals are diagnosed with a social phobia each year. Social phobia occurs in women twice as often as in men, although there is a higher volume of men that seek help for this disorder. Dating is a challenging process, […]

post

LOST IN THOUGHT (part 1): MINDFULNESS FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY

Upsetting Social Anxiety Thoughts –I don’t know what to say. What do I say next? –I might say something stupid / offensive. –S/he’ll think I’m boring / stupid / unattractive / socially inept, and will dislike me. –What I have to say isn’t good enough. No one will be interested. –They can tell I’m anxious […]

post

BRINGING YOUR SOCIAL ANXIETY WITH YOU FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Bringing Your Social Anxiety With You For The Holidays We have waited all year and they are finally here: The Winter Holidays. Holidays can be a time of excitement, fun, and celebration. They often brings us together with loved ones near and far, giving us the opportunity to reconnect and strengthen our relationships. The holidays […]

MAKING FRIENDS WITH YOUR ANXIETY

Anxiety is a function that is built into the human nervous system, for better or for worse. Understanding that it is natural (though seldom logical, and almost never comfortable) allows space for questions such as, “What would it feel like to fully accept anxiety when it is present?” “If I stopped fighting, what would happen?” […]

post

PARURESIS: A LITTLE KNOW FORM OF SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER

What is Paruresis? For the vast majority of people, tending to bodily functions such as urinating happens without much thought or concern.  For about 21 million Americans, roughly 7% of the general population, urination causes great worry and inconvenience.  They have developed a condition called paruresis also known as shy bladder syndrome, pee shyness, or […]

post

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?: SOCIAL ANXIETY AND AVOIDANCE

Social Anxiety and The Desire To Avoid For those of you who suffer from social anxiety, you have most likely experienced the urge to avoid being around others. Whether its attending a party, going to lunch with colleagues, or giving a presentation, if you are socially anxious, almost any social situation can create the urge […]

post

SOCIAL ANXIETY: THERE IS RELIEF FROM TORTURE!

Social Anxiety: Extreme Anxiety Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) can cause turmoil for those who live as well as suffer from it. This disorder is not just timidity but rather anxiety so extreme that it disrupts daily life by negatively impacting the number of social or romantic relationships and creating a perception of helplessness, isolation, judgment, […]

post

LESBIAN, GAY, BI, TRANS: SOCIAL ANXIETY & COMING OUT

Negative Beliefs among Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Individuals with Social Anxiety –I’m fundamentally different, and don’t fit in. –I’m not worthwhile unless I’m accepted by those I admire. –I can’t be accepted by others unless I meet their expectations. –If someone got to know the real me, they wouldn’t accept me. These are among the […]

YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR SOCIAL ANXIETY

Have you ever found yourself making statements such as: – I’m an anxious person – I’m socially anxious – I’m a worrier If any of these statements sound familiar to you, you may be defining yourself by your anxiety. Of course, if you have high levels of social anxiety, this makes perfect sense. You may […]

Page 3 of 41234