Living with Social Anxiety Disorder

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Social Anxiety Disorder

In many people's minds, the concept of Social Anxiety Disorder (aka Social Phobia) centers around shyness. But it's much more than that. Social Anxiety really involves intense fear of certain social situations; especially ones in which you'll be watched or evaluated by others, leading to worry that you'll be embarrassed or humiliated in public. These social situations may be so frightening that you get anxious just thinking about them or go to great lengths to avoid them. member, Sarah, who has suffered with SAD for 8 years says it's paralyzing. She feels isolated and lonely, which in turn makes her depressed. You can hear her Social Anxiety Disorder story here.

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But there is hope, as many different treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder exist. Dr. Luann Linquist has been in practice for over 20 years and works with Anxiety and Phobia patients. She uses various "brief therapy" techniques for treating Social Anxiety Disorder, including one called the "Delete Technique."

Do You Have Social Anxiety Disorder?

Share your social anxiety experiences, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT

"Living with Social Anxiety Disorder" On HealthyPlace TV

If you have social anxiety disorder, your fear of embarrassing yourself is intense — so intense, in fact, that you may go to great lengths to avoid situations that would trigger it. That's the case with our guest, Aimee, as you'll see on Tuesday's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Join us Tuesday, October 20, at 5:30p PT, 7:30 CST, 8:30 EST or catch it on-demand. The show airs live on our website. Aimee will be taking your questions during the live show.

In the second half of the show, you get to ask Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, your personal mental health questions.

Still to Come in October on the HealthyPlace TV Show

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If you would like to be a guest on the show or share you personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

Click here for a list of previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Shows.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2009, October 20). Living with Social Anxiety Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: September 5, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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