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My Social Anxiety Story: Living with Social Anxiety

February 24, 2015 7:30 pm Published by 1 Comment

I was always a shy kid, a classic introvert. In school I’d always prefer to play on my own or read books in the quiet than to interact and engage with other children.   School was the hardest in terms of dealing with social anxiety. I was much taller than the other kids and this made me self-conscious. My peers... View Article


The Constant Creeping of ANTs Will Wear Away the Stone

January 29, 2015 6:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  “The constant creeping of ANTs will wear away the stone.” This old saying of unknown origin speaks to the incredible impact of even the smallest insects, over time, on the hardest surface. The constant grinding of small feet wears away even the most solid rock. Sadly, this is also true of our ANTs, those Automatic Negative Thoughts that constantly... View Article


Mental Health Issues? Get in line or go online!

January 7, 2015 8:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  It’s incredibly sad. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults – approximately 61.5 million Americans – experiences mental illness in a given year. Unfortunately, between 50-75% of those people never receive mental health services. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions more will be eligible to receive mental health services;... View Article


Social Anxiety, Stress & Depression during the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

December 17, 2014 4:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s officially here, the proverbial “most wonderful time of the year.” But for some, especially those living with social anxiety, this time of year may be anything but wonderful. Work parties, family gatherings, holiday travel, it can all get stressful in a hurry for a social anxiety sufferer. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective approaches to dealing... View Article


Take Social Anxiety Off Your Thanksgiving Menu

November 24, 2014 3:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Halloween has passed and the holiday season is in full swing. This week, thoughts turn to turkey, pumpkin pie, gratitude, football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. For some, Thanksgiving is a welcome day of food, family, and relaxation. For people living with social anxiety, it may be anything but relaxing. Instead of dreaming about food and the game, they... View Article


Overcoming Social Anxiety was HARD, but it changed my life…

October 20, 2014 1:28 pm Published by 5 Comments

  Hi fellow social anxiety fighters!   I’m Heidi. I’m 24 and I live in Milwaukee. I’ve dealt with social anxiety my entire life. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel nervous about something. My anxiety has focused around food mostly; whether people were monitoring what I was eating, whether people would judge me for what I ordered,... View Article


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The Importance of a Support Network for Social Anxiety Sufferers

September 15, 2014 9:01 am Published by 1 Comment

The research on social anxiety overwhelmingly confirms the importance of a good support network. Friends and family are what most people think of, and they’re very important because they often provide the practical kind of emotional support that we often need to get back on our feet. But professionals and even strangers with first-hand experience of social anxiety are often... View Article


Online Therapy for Anxiety – Dr. Russ’ PsychCentral Interview

September 10, 2014 10:07 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  One of the highlights of my work as a psychologist and mental health blogger is having the opportunity to reach new groups of people with accurate information that can help them improve the quality of their lives, including facts about social anxiety, general anxiety, depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mental health treatment, and more.  I’d like to share with you... View Article


The Overlap between Social Anxiety & Depression

September 8, 2014 11:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the challenges faced by individuals seeking treatment for mental health problems is that often times disorders like depression, social anxiety, and panic disorder don’t travel alone – it is not uncommon for a person to experience not just depression or social anxiety but a combination of the two.  In fact, people with social anxiety disorder have a 50%... View Article


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The Effects of Exercise on Social Anxiety

July 23, 2014 9:12 am Published by 4 Comments

  It is a common practice when seeing new patients suffering from anxiety to ask them if they’re getting any exercise. We know that exercise can help alleviate the symptoms of both anxiety and depression, though we’re not exactly sure why that is. Some research suggests that increased levels of endorphins play a role, while other research points to the... View Article