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The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
2y ago
Garrett T. Taylor MPA and Diane Taylor MA at the Power of U, Inc have partnered with Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to provide enhanced social anxiety prevention for students affected by the covid-19 pandemic. This is a particularly stressful time for young people so their goal is to prevent risky behaviors such as binge drinking and help reduce mental health stigma by targetting social anxiety. Uplift Comprehensive Services’ mission is to ensure healthy development and improve the quality of life of individuals in economically and socially deprived areas by promoting supportive serv ..read more
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Michigan Technological University site license!
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
2y ago
Sarah Woodruff, CRC, LPC a clinical counselor at the Outreach program at the Michigan Technological University (MTU) has received funding from MTU to provide online mental health services to their student population. The grant will offer MTU students access to the AI-Therapy Overcome Social Anxiety program this fall. AI-Therapy has had great experiences with site licenses in the past. It involves offering students access to the program in a standalone format. It can also be offered by busy therapists who want the student to have access to extensive evidence-based material along with therapy ..read more
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Relaxation helped people help themselves!
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
2y ago
When an anxious person seeks treatment, there is a low chance that they will receive evidence-based treatment recommended by international guidelines (Powers and Deacon, 2013; Stobie et al., 2007). Computerized CBT programs offer a solution to these problems, given that a computer program can be guaranteed to adhere to effective evidence-based manuals. The main problem is getting people to use self-guided programs. This is referred to as adherence.  In this study we compared 3 different ways to improve adherence to an evidence-based treatment program called Overcome Social Anxiety wi ..read more
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AI-Therapy is almost 10 years old!
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
2y ago
In June of this year, it will be 10 years since we launched AI-Therapy! At the time there weren’t many online programs available, and the Artificial Intelligence boom hadn’t started. People actually read blogs frequently and we wrote a lot of blogs from 2012 to 2015. Since then we have mainly published our information on our Facebook page. In fact, our last post was written in 2018 when our first Randomized Controlled Trial was published. In that study, researchers at the University Of British Columbia in Canada took our program and conducted an independent evaluation and the results were fant ..read more
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The epic failure in running a marathon
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
5y ago
“Police!” The African American shouted at the train station in Richmond, California. The gang ran away, much to my relief. My legs were aching as I tried to walk up the stairs out of the train station with all my luggage. Many people have warned me that running marathons relatively untrained is a life-threatening event. But I am convinced my life was a lot more threatened by finding myself in one of the most violent cities in America, I was alone and unable to walk properly after running 42.2km that morning as a part of the California International Marathon. I ended up there because the day be ..read more
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AI-Therapy is now officially an empirically based program!
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
5y ago
You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet on this site lately. That’s because we’ve been very busy collaborating with the University of British Columbia running a Randomized Control Trial. Our work has just been published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research (Impact factor 5.1). It is open access, so you can check it out here: This is a pretty big deal since the trial shows that AI-Therapy’s Overcome Social Anxiety has approximately triple the mean effect size of 6 stand-alone, internet-based CBT treatments for anxiety and depression (Cohen d=0.24) found in a meta-analy ..read more
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8 Ways Social Anxiety is Holding You Back
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
5y ago
Being in front of people makes you anxious. Sometimes so much so that you can’t speak your mind in social situations, and sometimes skip out on activities altogether. But that’s not the only way social anxiety is holding you back. 1. It’s Preventing You from Connecting with Others When all you can think about is how fast your heart is beating, or how much you might look like an idiot if you say the wrong thing, it’s hard to focus on what’s going on during social interactions. Social anxiety makes it nearly impossible to reach out to others or interact with them in a meaningful way, for fear of ..read more
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Trump’s exercise theory and CBT
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
5y ago
Last week was an interesting one, to say the least. It seems like there was non-stop stories about the havoc in the White House. One story didn’t get as much attention as the others (for obvious reasons), but it caught my eye because it made me think about cognitive behavior theory (CBT). I’m talking about Trump’s theory that the body works like a battery. He believes that people have a fixed amount of energy for their whole life, so we should avoid exercise and not overexert ourselves. To back up his theory, he points to all of his friends who exercise and need to get hip replacements and oth ..read more
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New evidence that AI-Therapy works!
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
5y ago
More great news from AI-Therapy! There are currently several studies in progress designed to test how well the program works. The latest study, from the University of British Columbia, is showing impressive results, adding to the growing pile of evidence backing up the program. These preliminary results are based on students who participated in a randomized controlled trial. The work was led by Dr. Frances Chen and Dr. Chris Richardson, with Hugh McCall and Keith Patena running the day-to-day operations. Hugh will be presenting a poster on the preliminary results at two UBC research conference ..read more
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Can bubbly people have social anxiety?
The AI-Therapy Blog » Social Anxiety
by Dr Fjola Dogg Helgadottir
5y ago
We all have stereotypes about people with social anxiety. A lot of people falsely believe that social anxiety is the same as being shy. However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, quite often I’m asked “How can I have social anxiety when I’m such a social person?”  These are people who enjoy being the center of attention, and who have a constant stream of funny stories and interesting things to say. People like this can actually be the most socially anxious people in the room. Here is the key to understanding this: people can have social anxiety about different things. Everyone is unique. Fo ..read more
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