Social anxiety support groups are dedicated to bringing together people with similar problems to talk and learn from each others experiences. If you are considering joining a support group for social anxiety disorder, it is important to find a group with members who also suffer from SAD.
Members of support groups specifically targeted at social anxiety are more likely to be understanding of how difficult it may be for you to talk openly. Below are some options for both online and local social anxiety support groups.
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) provides a comprehensive list of both community and online support groups for a variety of anxiety disorders in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and Australia.
If you are looking for a support group in your local area, this might be a good place to start. Be sure to look for listings specific to social anxiety when choosing a support group. If you can't find a group in your area, the ADAA also provides advice about how to start a support group.
The Social Anxiety Support website (SAS) provides a list of social anxiety and social phobia support groups in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, India and Ireland. In addition, this interactive site allows users to rate support groups and provide feedback about their experiences.
Social Anxiety Anonymous/Social Phobics Anonymous offers free 12-step support groups to overcome SAD, shyness, avoidant personality disorder and paruresis. Both local community face-to-face groups and international telephone conference groups are available.
The organization claims that participation in the 12-step support groups offer the missing ingredient to make self-help for social anxiety work. In addition, they offer free pamphlets and a book to help overcome social anxiety disorder.
Social Anxiety Support Chat was started in 2007 to provide SAD sufferers with a place to chat openly and learn from each other. The chats are not supervised by anyone with professional training and are designed solely to allow people with SAD to connect. Visitors come from all over the world including countries such as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Great Britain, India, Israel, Singapore, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.