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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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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

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

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

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

Self-Evaluations & New Year’s Resolutions: Some Final Thoughts

December 31, 2013 2:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  This is the final post in a three-part series on New Year’s Resolutions.  Be sure to read part one on Setting an Effective New Year’s Resolution & Proper End-of-Year Self-Evaluation and part two on Common Mistakes with Self-Evaluations & New Year’s Resolutions.    If our evaluation leaves us feeling negatively about our year, what can we do to avoid getting depressed?... View Article

Dealing with Social Anxiety: Holidays, Birthdays & Social Gatherings [video]

December 13, 2013 2:50 pm Published by 1 Comment

  I received such a positive response to my  Five Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety During the Holidays, that I decided to get on video to elaborate on some of my most effective quick tips for social anxiety sufferers. Watch the video below for tips on dealing with social anxiety during holidays, birthdays, and other social gatherings. For more... View Article

Research on Social Anxiety and the Effectiveness of CBT

December 6, 2013 11:33 pm Published by 7 Comments

  Two questions that people often ask me relate to my use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for social anxiety and the effectiveness of its use online. The research on social anxiety and CBT is pretty clear: dozens of gold-standard trials demonstrate that sufferers experience reduced anxiety and improved lives through the principles of CBT.  I have continued to use CBT for... View Article

What’s the worst that could happen?

October 29, 2013 7:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  One of the most common misconceptions needing clarification in CBT is the belief that challenging one’s thoughts –we call it “Thought Inspection” at Learn To Live—is the same as “Positive Thinking.” The two are very different.   Every day I work with people who have no interest in pretending that the world is perfect, that everything is great. They... View Article