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How to Navigate the Social Anxiety Disorder Site at About.com

By June 19, 2011

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I was speaking to someone recently who was doing some research about social anxiety disorder (SAD) and navigating About.com and my site to find information. In speaking to her, I realized that what I know like the back of my hand is not necessarily obvious to the first time reader.

To help explain how this site works and make it easier for first-time users, I thought I would do a quick run-down of the different areas of the site, what they are about, and what you can find. Here we go...

Overview

I realized talking to a newcomer that even the basic structure of the site is sometimes hard to grasp. About.com spans a huge variety of topics; each topic has it's own section of the main site that is managed by a "Guide" - that's me here on the SAD site. As a guide, we are responsible for managing and writing content for all aspects of our particular area.

SAD Blog

The SAD Blog is featured on the home page of the About SAD site. You can find it in the middle column of the landing page as you scroll down. I generally update the blog once a week.

SAD Articles

Articles on the site span every topic related to SAD. Articles can be found in one of three ways:

  1. Tabs: Using the tabs across the top of the home page. Here you will see tabs that say "Symptoms/Diagnosis", "Treatment", and "Coping". Within each tab you will find links to the most important articles on the site.
  2. Must Reads: In the left column of the landing page you will see links to the "Must Reads", which are key articles that every first-time visitor should read.
  3. Topic Pages: Below the must reads you can find the topic pages, if you want to browse by general topics.

SAD Forum

If you have never visited the SAD forum, you can get there by clicking on the link that says "Forum" underneath the guide picture (the photo of me). Here you can discuss social anxiety problems and solutions with other readers.

Reader Answers

A big part of the site are the reader answers. These are questions to which readers post their responses, such as "What is it like to live with SAD", or "How do you handle public speaking"? You can find all of these in the "coping" tab under "Readers Respond" and "Show and Tell".

Newsletter

If you haven't already signed up for the SAD newsletter, you can do so by entering your email address in the top right corner of the landing page. The newsletter goes out once per week every Monday morning and contains links to new blogs and articles.

I think that is it. Perhaps not the most interesting post this week, but hopefully understanding the structure of the site and knowing what you can find will make navigation a little easier.

As always, I welcome any questions or comments.

Comments
April 20, 2013 at 1:42 am
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April 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm
(2) Dong says:

I hhardly comment, however I read a few of the responses on How to
Navigate the Social Aniety Disorder Site at About.com.
I actually doo have 2 questions forr you if you tend nnot
to mind. Is it just me oor does it appear like a few of the remarks look like they are written by brain dead visitors?

:-P And, iff you are posting at other online sites, I would like to follow
anything fresh you have to post. Could you mwke a list of every one off all your social networking pages
like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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