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Dr. Russ and Molly Mogren of “Hey Eleanor!” Talk Social Anxiety

September 21, 2015 5:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Molly Mogren of the blog “Hey Eleanor!” Prior to starting her most recent project as a full-time freelancer and blogger, Molly was featured in Delta’s Sky Magazine, Food & Wine, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Molly started the “Hey Eleanor!” blog because she wanted to incorporate Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do one... View Article

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Summertime! Swimsuit Anxiety…

July 15, 2015 7:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I love to hear stories of personal growth. I’m a psychologist; it’s a big part of what we do. Now and then I like to feature the voice of someone sharing their own story in their own voice. Summer is a season for grilling and swimming with family and friends. Sadly, for many it’s also a time for anxiety about... View Article

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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

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

More Celebrities with Social Anxiety

June 23, 2014 8:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  One of the most important things to hear when we suffer from something painful like social anxiety is “me too.” Just knowing that someone else can relate to our feelings and our experience is immensely reassuring. So it’s sometimes helpful to point to others in the public eye who have experienced social anxiety as well.  Our original list of... View Article

Upcoming Talk on College Life and Social Anxiety

February 7, 2014 10:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  What do you really want out of life and what is getting in the way? I’ve been invited to speak at Normandale College in the Twin Cities to address the ways that social anxiety problems can interfere with finding success in reaching one’s life goals. Starting college is one of those life transitions where areas of vulnerability appear. Students... View Article

Celebrities with Social Anxiety

January 27, 2014 8:09 am Published by 2 Comments

  Did you know that there are many celebrities who have suffered or still suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder? It seems counter-intuitive to be living such a public life and to feel anxiety in public, but it’s true. Some of them have coped by avoiding the spotlight whenever possible while others have used therapy to help them overcome their fears. For... View Article

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On Parenting a Child with Anxiety

January 9, 2014 7:30 pm Published by 4 Comments

  I sometimes get questions from people asking about identifying and treating anxiety in children, in particular social anxiety in children. “What do I do as a parent or teacher? How do I recognize social anxiety disorder in my child?” The short answer is a) be patient and supportive, b) listen to your child, a lot, and c) notice what they do, what their... View Article