Your friends are chatting up a storm. They seem like they’re having fun! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could join in?

Before you can spit out two syllables, everyone’s gaze turns upon you. You can feel their eyes piercing you!

Uninformed people wouldn’t see Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) as an actual disorder. If you suffer from SAD, you’ve probably gotten tired of the famous motto: “just get over it!”

But the numbers tell a different story. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, $42 billion are spent every year on anxiety disorders – and that’s just in the U.S.

Why Is So Much Money Spent to Such Little Effect?

The explanation is actually straightforward. Over half of that cost is spent on trying to treat physiological symptoms of anxiety.

In general, i...

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You're in a meeting when it starts to creep up on you. The ever-tightening knot in the pit of your stomach and the collection of thoughts that run haywire through your mind. You brace for the overwhelming wave of jitters and fear that roots you to your chair. Glancing out the corner of your eye, you check whether your friends and colleagues are staring at you. What if they see you in this state? What will they think and what will you say? Why is this happening to you? Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you, like many others, crave human connection and a normal social life, but find that your body and mind gets hijacked by your anxiety whenever you're around others. If this is the case, you may be living with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). The good news is that you've come to the right plac...

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Hello!

Welcome to Social Anxiety Lab. This site will be a source of information for those suffering with social anxiety/phobia. There will be blog posts discussing the nature of social anxiety, strategies for managing life with it, resources for seeking help, stories from those who have lived through it themselves, and more. It is important to provide a disclaimer here that nothing on this website is intended to provide medical diagnosis or treatment.

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