Personal Statements for Social Anxiety

It doesn't matter what other people think about me.

I don't need anyone's approval of anything I say or do.

There will almost always be people out there who don't like me.  This is totally normal.

I don't need to be everyone's friend or try to please people so they will like me.

I just need to be myself -- and if people don't like me for it, tough luck!

It’s O.K. I don't care.  They aren't worth knowing anyway.

I no longer want to feel ashamed about how I have reacted to any situations in the past.

I've had some very painful experiences in my life, some as a result of my social phobia and some not.

The memories of these experiences no longer have the power to hurt me as they once did.

My positive energy is enabling me to benefit from these experiences, because now I can look back at them like they are old photographs.

I will use them to learn and grow.  I have become a better and stronger person because of these experiences.

Even though I'm going through therapy right now, I need to realize that there will still be times when I'm going to feel anxious.

Just because I'm feeling anxious doesn't mean I've messed up or failed in any way.

I need to have patience with myself and continue to practice what I'm learning in therapy.

Many wonderful changes have already occurred in me.

I'm getting better and stronger everyday.

(Read over your self-statements every day or put them on index cards or paste them up somewhere in your house or car so that you won't miss them.......persistence and practice.....persistence and practice).

Our History and Our Mission

The Anxiety Network began in 1995 due to growing demand from people around the world wanting help in understanding and overcoming their anxiety disorder.  The Anxiety and Stress Clinic and its website, The Anxiety Network, received so much traffic and requests for help that we found ourselves spending the majority of our time in international communication and outreach.  Our in-person anxiety clinic has grown tremendously, and our principal internet tool, The Anxiety Network, has been re-written and re-designed with focus on the major anxiety disorders.  

The Anxiety Network  focuses on three of the major anxiety disorders:  panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder,  and social anxiety disorder.

In 1997, The Social Anxiety Association, a non-profit organization, was formed and has its own website.

The Social Anxiety Institute, the largest site on the internet for information and treatment of social anxiety, has maintained an active website since 1998.  Continuous, ongoing therapy groups have helped hundreds of people overcome social anxiety since 1994.  Major changes in design will be occurring in 2014.

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