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)
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 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 is here to provide encouragement and understanding, and 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.
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.