Social Anxiety Support and Social Phobia Help
With social anxiety support and social phobia help, social anxiety can be conquered and life can return to normal. Without it, social phobia can get so bad that an individual is too distressed to leave their home. Therefore, getting help for social phobia, a recognized mental illness, is of utmost importance.
Social anxiety support and help can come from a variety of places, both professional and not. In addition to professional medical support (see social anxiety treatment), sources of social phobia help include:
- Faith leaders / faith groups
- Friends and family
- Community organizations
- Outpatient programs
Finding Social Anxiety Disorder Help
The first step in finding social anxiety disorder (social phobia) help is at your doctor's office. Only a professional can diagnose social anxiety disorder. If you do not have a disorder, but suffer from general social anxiety, self-help or support groups may be your best solution.
Once you know whether you suffer from social anxiety or social phobia, you can begin to look for help. Find social anxiety support and help through:
- Anxiety Disorder Association of America (ADAA) offers self-help information online as well as information on social anxiety support groups
- ADAA also offers information on finding a therapist for anxiety disorders
- Social Phobia / Social Anxiety Association is a non-profit that offers information and a mailing list with information about local social anxiety groups.
- Social Anxiety Support offers links to in-person social phobia support groups: http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/groups/#find
Social Anxiety Disorder Help Online
In-person social phobia help may not be available in all areas and some people may be hesitant to contact in-person groups. Online social anxiety disorder support may be helpful in these situations. Many social anxiety support groups and self-help guides are online to get you started with therapy or support you through ongoing social anxiety recovery.
Find online social anxiety help and support through:
- HealthyPlace Anxiety Forum
- Anxiety Disorder Association of America offers online forums http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/getting-support/forums as well as self-help information
- The Center for Clinical Interventions offers a free, multi-module, comprehensive social anxiety self-help guide
- Daily Strength provides online shyness peer support groups: http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Shyness/support-group
- Social Anxiety Support offers online social anxiety support groups, online therapy, and links to in-person social phobia support groups: http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/
- Mental Health of America provides online social anxiety disorder information
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support and programs
Last Updated: 30 June 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD