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Meet with other local people with an exteme fear of social situations, social anxiety, and/or public speaking/performance anxiety. Offer support and understanding and share your story with others! An excellent opportunity to meet new people that you can openly share your anxiety challenges with. This is a judgement free and low pressure environment.
If you prefer not to speak at all, no problem, just come and observe. Please do not let the fear that you will have to speak hold you back from attending. You can learn valuable information just from listening to others. You will also realize that you are not alone, that you can relate to other people.
We meet in libraries in Bristol and Plainville, CT usually on weeknights and occassional Saturday afternoons. Usually, meetings run about an hour and a half. On average, there are 2 meetings per month, alternating between Regular Discussion Meetings (highly recommended to attend this one first) and ACTIVITES Meetings in which we do exposures, please read details for both types of meetings in the meeting descriptions.
The meetings have been going great! It's a mixture of new and returning members. There is no commitment involved; attend as you are able.
For the discussion meetings, we share our stories about social anxiety, briefly or in detail, on a voluntary basis. We speak about what is going on in our lives regarding social anxiety issues, what events we have coming up, treatments we have tried, and our thoughts and feelings in general regarding our experiences with SA.
This is a non-therapy group but we behavioral activities at designated meetings.
On occasion, we do post events to go out and socialize and have had a few book discussion meetings.
I enjoy meeting people that also have SA. Although I have made a lot of progress, I still struggle with it, and am very interested in hearing others experiences, and helping each other through it all.
What has helped me the most with my SA challenges is that I've been involved in a very effective structured support group for 8 years in which we practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At the Meet Up meetings, I share what I have learned, provide examples of how I think about social situations using techniques that have changed my thoughts to more rational, healthy ones.
Eventually, I would like to raise more awareness somehow in communities about Social Anxiety and how it differs from: severe shyness, as well as the average, non-debilitating, fear of public speaking. Social anxiety is a serious disorder that can significantly effect living your life to its fullest potential.
For more information, please visit my website: http://www.supportforsocialanxiety.com