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It can be hugely beneficial to get a social anxiety support group when you are suffering from the disorder.
In this article I will inform you of why it is so important to belong to any of these groups and I’ll inform you about the most important ones out there.
In the upcoming articles I will dive deeper into the nuts and bolts of all the social phobia support groups that are out there.
Social anxiety support groups can be divided up into two parts. The official group therapy for social anxiety and all the others.
This particular article focuses on all the others.
A social anxiety support group can be a group of people that come together to talk about their emotions, feelings, beliefs and experiences. This can be in “real life” or on the internet.
The real life meetings will be a bit more challenging, so this is for maybe more advanced people.
If this sounds too frightening for you, there are several other opportunities for you.
There are support groups that are entirely online. Joining one could be a great first step outside your comfort zone if you are currently very anxious.
You can be anonymous in most of these support groups and you of course also can simply make up a name different from yours.
There are social anxiety forums where you can go and tell your story, ask questions and participate in a community.
There are social anxiety chat rooms where you speak one on one with someone who goes through the same experience as you are going through.
These are mostly personal and not everyone will be able to read your posts.
There are even possibilities to get a social anxiety pen pal. This is basically the same as a chat room, but this would be more intense and probably even more personal.
Aside from this there are many more opportunities for a social anxiety support group.
If all of that is too intense for you at this moment in time, you can always work on yourself following the advice on this website until you feel confident enough to take the first small step towards recovery.
If that is the case, social anxiety self help can be a good page to start for you.
When you participate in one of these groups, you receive an enormous amount of benefits. For easy review I’ve listed the most obvious ones below.
This is very important because due to the supportive environment you come to the realization that people are not that bad, weird and evil after all.
By teaching you help another person, which is always a good thing. But it also has the added benefit of ingraining the concepts you learned deeper inside your subconscious mind.
Now while others are not responsible for you, the fact that others try to motivate you and the fact that they are aware of your goals will actually fuel your motivation.
Because you want the people that care for you to be proud of you. Don’t you?
Sometimes if you really can’t bring yourself to participate, you might first just want to look around in a social anxiety support group.
Just listening to or reading about other people’s challenges and solutions might give you more hope to get some help for yourself. But make sure to make use of the support that is out there, it can really help you.