Social Anxiety Online Support Group

It is natural for us to feel nervous in situations such as a presentation, speech or talking to a large group of people. But, if chronic nervousness is experienced during social situations involving a rapid heartbeat, muscle tension and/or lightheadedness, these can be a sign of social anxiety disorder.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is a mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety. It is more common than you might think. An estimated 12.1% of U.S. adults experience a social anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.

Situations that might cause social anxiety in individuals include: 

  • Conversing with strangers 

  • Entering a room full of people

  • Making eye contact during conversations

  • Attending parties or social gatherings 

  • Dating

  • Starting conversations

  • Going to work or school 

  • Eating in front of others 

  • Using a public restroom

The causes of social anxiety disorder vary among biological to environmental factors such as inherited traits, brain structure and previous unpleasant social situations.  

How Support Groups Can Help?

Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional. 

People who experience social anxiety often feel alone and hard to find people who relate to them. Support groups can allow us to make connections and normalize feelings of nervousness around social situations and start a journey to better emotional management.

Benefits of participating in support groups can include:

  • Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma

  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options

  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue resulted from Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope

  • Learning about health, economic or social resources

Benefits of online support groups can include:

  • Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time

  • More frequent or flexible participation

  • A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional

  • A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups

  • Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups

You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.