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Take Charge of Your Life – Be Assertive!

May 3, 2016 5:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  You and I likely communicate with others every single day. Whether you’re talking to your family member, a coworker, or a salesperson, what you say and how you say it affect you and the person you are communicating with. An interaction can leave you feeling empty and angry, or empowered and understood. Why the difference? Just as you have... View Article

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

4 Reasons to Share Your Story Now

June 15, 2015 4:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve been following the media at all the past month, you’ve probably heard about Demi Lovato and her openness about her struggles with depression, as she launched the Be Vocal campaign. It’s an important reminder about the power of sharing personal stories. My years of experience helping others deal with their mental health challenges has confirmed for me that... View Article

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Social Anxiety Spy For a Day: Data Collection

April 20, 2015 1:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Physicist Richard Feynman once noted, “You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing—that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”... 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 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

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