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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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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 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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Social Anxiety Symptoms

April 11, 2014 9:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  Almost everyone feels at least a bit of anxiety before speaking in front of a crowd or has some degree of nerves in unfamiliar social settings. The socially anxious person, however, has a debilitating level of anxiety, which interferes with their everyday functioning and causes them to modify their daily routine so as to avoid the stress of even... View Article

Measuring Social Anxiety: Social Anxiety Tests, Scales & Inventories

March 30, 2014 10:21 am Published by 2 Comments

  1. Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is a short questionnaire used to measure how social anxiety plays a role in different life situations. This social anxiety test was developed in 1987 by Dr. Michael R. Liebowitz, a psychiatrist and researcher at Columbia University. Studies have shown the LSAS to be a cost-effective and... View Article

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Top 10 Feelings Associated with Social Anxiety

February 22, 2014 10:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

    I’ve informally tracked some of the feelings that accompany social anxiety, as shared with me by people who have experienced them.  It is so much more than apprehension and nervousness, which I did not put on the list because they are so obvious. For many people, social anxiety is the fear AND the regret of imperfections AND the... 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

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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

On the Difference Between Introversion and Social Anxiety

October 2, 2013 11:26 pm Published by 1 Comment

  If you’ve been reading past blog entries, you know that I have touched on the distinction between problematic social anxiety and introversion before. The difference between the two is subtle but important. Sometimes people assume that social anxiety is simply another word for shyness. But they are, in fact, two very different concepts and it’s important to understand that... View Article