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Social Anxiety

How I Got Healthy: Part One: Panic Attacks and a Work in Progress

Julie Sacks | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Sacks

While the anxiety attacks are gone, and I feel really great most of the time, I am still a work in progress. I am eager to embrace what's ahead for me as I continue to grow and evolve. I truly feel lucky to be happier and healthier, but always learning.

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

Renee Jain | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

I wish I could go back in time and teach the younger version of myself how to cope, but of course, that's not possible. What is possible is to try to reach as many kids and parents as possible with these coping skills.

Exercise May Literally Change How You See The World

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Most of us know that regular exercise can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, prevent weight gain, improve sleep, and even...

Lindsay Holmes

8 Things Only People With Anxiety Understand

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living

For the 40 million American adults who suffer from anxiety and panic disorders, everyday life can be a little more challenging than most people realiz...

Lindsay Holmes

6 Things Shy People Can Teach Us About Success

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Chances are we’ve all experienced a bout of shyness in our lives, whether it’s when we've walked into a party full of strangers or tried to shine ...

For Some of Us, WWW = IRL

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Paul Fidalgo

It's not so much that I use the Web as some kind of giant confessional with "like" buttons, but that I can just relax a bit more and talk about even boring and trivial things about myself. I even find it easier to be curious about others and their own trivialities, which I rarely am in physical space. I can breathe.

When Kids Refuse to Go to School

Debra Kissen | Posted 02.20.2014 | Parents
Debra Kissen

In treating school refusal, it is critical to first conduct a functional analysis to determine why a child is refusing to go to school. School refusal is not a diagnosis; it is a symptom of a disorder.

Are You Afraid to Approach Women?

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Feeling uncomfortable around others is one of the most common problems people have to contend with. There is a subcategory of such people who specifi...

5 Ways To Handle I-Feel-Stupid Moments

Posted 12.04.2013 | OWN

As told to Zoe Donaldson Is the social spotlight fraying your nerves? Our fearless panel is here to help. ...I walk into a room full of ...

Alone, But Not Lonely

Jesse Pollak | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Jesse Pollak

Aloneness is a noun that describes the physical state of having no one else (or no friends) present. Loneliness is a noun that describes the aching sadness one can suffer from feeling alone. The two are often conflated in modern society -- but they don't have to be.

Your Social Life Is Not Your Social Media

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.23.2013 | Media
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Social media-induced angst is happening with increasing frequency. Just as businesses and brands use social media to interact with their target audience and monitor consumer interest, people are using social media to gauge how their friends and acquaintances feel about them.

The Value of Being Alone Together

Simone Collins | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Simone Collins

The internet and a litany of mobile apps have also made it far easier for shy and introverted people to make new friends. For the first 24 years of my life, I didn't date and made few new acquaintances.

10 Scientifically-Proven Ways To Have More Fun

Andrea Umbach | Posted 09.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Umbach

Adults and children must find a balance between structure and spontaneity. Structure allows for a framework, choices, and some flexibility, but rigidity means you follow the rules -- or else. How do you find balance?

How to Talk to That Cute Guy or Girl With Total Confidence

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Women
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

How many times have you passed up the opportunity to talk to a stranger, held back by a fear of rejection?

How Do You Deal With Your Feelings? It Could Impact Your Anxiety Levels

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living

How you deal with both positive and negative emotions could have big implications for your mental health. Emotional regulation -- whether you avoid yo...

Stop Anxiety In Its Tracks

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

If you can't seem to reduce your anxiety, ask yourself if there is purpose your anxiety is serving. Maybe your anxiety keeps you in a relationship or at a job that you're afraid to leave. If so, face those issues head on, until you are operating according to your choices -- not your anxiety!

Playground Progress

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.

Feeling Anxious? Think Again.

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.15.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

While the negative emotions are a hallmark of clinical anxiety disorder, there is conflicting evidence about the physiological symptoms. Do sufferers really have maladaptive bodily responses to social stress, or do they just perceive it that way?

Social Anxiety and the Internet

Barbara Holm | Posted 04.09.2013 | Technology
Barbara Holm

The Internet is a safe barrier where people can feel free to say whatever they want. If we're all connected when we're alone in a dark room lit up by a computer screen, then why would we ever go to a bar?

Easing Lunchtime Loneliness

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Someone once coined the term "Imaginary Audience Syndrome" to aptly sum up the experience of a typical middle-schooler as he moves through his day, certain of being constantly evaluated by his peers about everything from the way he laughs to the color of his shoelaces.

The Biggest Victory I Had With My Anxious Child

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

Last year at this time, the birthday party would have been a sweat-inducing experience at a minimum, and probably would have included some tears -- from both of us -- and a quick exit.

7 Ways To Stop Caring What Others Think Of You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.13.2012 | Teen

Whether it's constantly rechecking the number of "likes" on your new profile picture or worrying about being able to pull off an edgy new haircut, see...

How Will You Teach Your Child Morality Without Religion?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Todd Kashdan

When kids understand pain, they understand how to cope with stress and how to play well with others -- something you can teach with and without religion.

7 Times Failure Can Be A Blessing

Posted 11.04.2012 | OWN

By Leigh Newman Nobody likes to crash and burn. Some meltdowns, however, wise us up to new possibilities. Columnist Leigh Newman reveals the most i...

Shyness, Attractive Teen Girls and Being Misunderstood

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

It is our responsibility as parents, teachers, therapists and members of the community to teach others that beauty is not a vaccine against life's difficulties.