Free online treatment resources for social anxiety disorder (SAD) range from programs for specific problems such as stuttering to general educational resources. Most online treatment resources that are free are offered through a university or from a research setting, however there is no guarantee about the effectiveness of treatment. Below is a list of some free online treatment resources for SAD.
VirtualClinic is a non-profit venture of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). VirtualClinic is a joint program between St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia and the University of New South Wales School of Psychiatry in New South Wales, Australia. VirtualClinic offers an online treatment program for social phobia that incorporates weekly contact with a therapist. The program is free but you must be a resident of Australia.
MoodGYM is an interactive online program aimed at preventing depression and anxiety. Consisting of games, assessments, audio files and feedback, MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
, a treatment that has been shown to be effective for social anxiety disorder (SAD)
. MoodGym is available worldwide, but was developed at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australia National University.
E-Couch is a free online program designed to prevent and provide coping strategies for depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and SAD. E-Couch is provided through the Australian National University, and is an offshoot of the MoodGym program.
Drexel University is pioneering research on the use of videoconferencing (SKYPE) and virtual reality programs (Second Life) in the treatment of SAD. When studies are running, the university offers free online treatment for SAD for US residents aged 18 to 65. In order to participate you require at minimum a webcam and high speed internet.