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Social Anxiety Meetup of Austin (SAMOA) is made up of everyday people from all walks of life who just happen to be dealing with social anxiety. 

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which you are exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. You often fear that you will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be embarrassing and humiliating.  For those of us with social anxiety disorder, the following are some typical situations that can be very challenging:

    Public speaking (e.g., presenting at a meeting)

    Participating in meetings or classes (e.g. asking or answering questions)

    Eating in front of others or ordering food at a restaurant

    Using public washrooms

    Writing in front of others (e.g. signing a cheque of filling out a form)

    Performing in public (e.g. singing or acting on stage, or playing a sport)

    Entering a room where everyone is already seated

    Meeting new people

    Talking to co-workers or friends

    Inviting others to do things

    Going to social events (e.g. parties or dinners)

    Dating

    Being assertive or expressing opinions

    Talking on the phone

    Working in a group (e.g. working on a project with other co-workers)

    Returning something at a store

    Having a job interview


If this is how you feel when you're around others or in a performance situation, then you've come to the right place.  You're not alone. We are all walking in the very same shoes that you have on right now.

SAMOA is here to provide support and encouragement, to share our challenges in life, and learn from one another. Our goal is to live life on our own terms.  All we ask is that you have an open, understanding mind. While the group is comprised primarily of individuals who are either professionally or self-diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, we welcome any person who can offer insight and support in working through and overcoming anxiety. The organizers are not therapists or counselors. Instead, we’re a group of volunteers who also deal with social anxiety disorder and want to help others.

SAMOA offers you the opportunity to meet others with social anxiety disorder and hopefully make new, lasting friendships.  This is done through support groups, educational workshops, and social events and opportunities that are usually free of charge to members of this Meetup.  Thank you for taking the time to read this as we at SAMOA hope you decide to take that next step by joining our group.

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Monday, October 3, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    3 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, October 10, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, October 17, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:00 PM

    Social Anxiety Support Group

    3 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, October 24, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, October 31, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    Social Anxiety Support Group

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, November 7, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, November 14, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, November 21, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, November 28, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, December 5, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, December 12, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 1:00 PM

    Social Anxiety Support Group

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
  • Monday, December 19, 2016 6:30 PM

    Free Yoga!

    1 Courageous Individuals attending
 
Founded Jul 29, 2007

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