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Toddlerhood is defined as the age range from 12 to 36 months. During this period, a child’s emotional and cognitive development grows by leaps and bounds, as do their social skills. This also coincides with the time when children are likely to go into a daycare environment or head off to preschool. As they engage […]

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Smile for the camera Most of us can remember when reality TV was still in its incubation period before it exploded into every family room across the globe. Debates have been had on when the exact advent was of what can be referred to as “reality TV”, otherwise known as unscripted entertainment in the style […]

The post SOCIAL ANXIETY: OUR OWN REALITY SHOW appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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The National Social Anxiety Center predicts that approximately 12% of Americans will experience some form of life-interfering social anxiety in their lifetime. Forming new friendships or relationships, introducing oneself to strangers, or speaking during a meeting are all examples of situations that can trigger social anxiety. While social anxiety can feel debilitating, there are effective […]

The post SOCIAL ANXIETY: STOP FOCUSING ON WHAT YOU THINK IS TRUE appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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Many outcome studies have shown cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, to be the most effective approach to overcoming social anxiety. While core interventions of CBT such as cognitive restructuring and behavioral experiments (learn more about these strategies here) can help people to make great improvements to their social anxiety symptoms, one trait that can have […]

The post “BUT WHAT ARE THEY REALLY THINKING?” SOCIAL ANXIETY AND THE STRUGGLE WITH UNCERTAINTY appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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As of 2019, 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form. 11 of those have laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use, in addition to the country of Canada. A Turn of the Tide for Cannabis in the USA Social norms and the stigma of cannabis use are beginning […]

The post IS CANNABIS THE NEW SOLUTION TO SOCIAL ANXIETY? appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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Social media is everywhere. It pervades our culture. The use of apps and platforms has exploded, and the trend just keeps growing. It has become not only acceptable, but expected, to communicate through social media. People are busy, in a hurry, multi-tasking, and it’s quicker and easier to update colleagues, family and friends with a […]

The post SOCIAL MEDIA AND SOCIAL ANXIETY: FRIEND OR FOE? appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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To kick off the new year I’m going to examine situations where we are being judged or there is a strong possibility that we will be judged by others. We can call these performance situations. One of the core fears of Social Anxiety Disorder is being judged by other people to varying degrees and levels. […]

The post PREPARING TO BE JUDGED: HOW TO PERFORM WITH PERFORMANCE RELATED SOCIAL ANXIETY appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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Me, my thoughts, and my emotions Most individuals experience successes and failures during social interactions. Although it is helpful to be mindful of internal experiences and one’s own behaviors, too much focus on these things often exacerbates cognitive and behavioral symptoms of social anxiety. A negative filter When compared to individuals who are not socially […]

The post SOCIAL ANXIETY: A SMALL SHIFT, A BIG IMPACT appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Edition defines social anxiety disorder as: A persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that […]

The post “TO BE (JUDGED), OR NOT TO BE (JUDGED), THAT IS THE QUESTION.” appeared first on National Social Anxiety Center.

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The perils of beating ourselves up “I can’t believe I said that! I’m such an idiot!” “I made the conversation so awkward and boring!” “I came across as so anxious and weird! How can I ever face these people again?!” “I made such a terrible impression! I’m humiliated!” These are just a few examples of […]

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