Dr. Russ' Blog

Anxiety, CBT, and more!

Tag Archive: social phobia

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

social anxiety CBT journaling

Social Anxiety Spy For a Day: Data Collection

April 20, 2015 1:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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 Leave your thoughts

  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

two people supporting eachother social anxiety

The Importance of a Support Network for Social Anxiety Sufferers

September 15, 2014 9:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Measuring Social Anxiety: Social Anxiety Tests, Scales & Inventories

March 30, 2014 10:21 am Published by 1 Comment

  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

dating-social-anxiety-couple-on-bench

Dating and Social Anxiety

February 12, 2014 12:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  Valentine’s Day is our annual reminder of the deep conflict between social anxiety and this very public date night. The pressure to express our feelings for that someone special out in public and the angst associated with that expression can lead to a great deal of stress for some with social anxiety on Valentine’s Day. But with a few... 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 3 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