Welcome to the
Social Anxiety Research Clinic
Our mission is to better understand and to improve the lives of people with Social Anxiety Disorder.
We conduct research designed to improve our understanding of the complex social and biological causes of Social Anxiety Disorder, which may lead to future treatments. Persons with Social Anxiety Disorder can join us in this mission by participating in our research studies.
What is Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)?
Social anxiety can be a normal part of life. It involves feeling tense, nervous or uncomfortable in situations with others, due to fear of what they may think of you. When social anxiety is very distressing or interferes with activities, however, it may be considered "Social Anxiety Disorder." People with Social Anxiety Disorder may find it difficult to make new friends, to participate in group activities, or to date, and they may find career opportunities limited by their anxiety.
People with symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder often....
fear doing or saying something embarrassing in front of other people
worry about making a mistake or being judged by others
avoid speaking to others
fear meeting new people
blush, sweat, tremble, or feel nauseous when self-conscious
avoid social situations and giving speeches
may drink or use drugs to try to relieve their social fears
Two subtypes of the disorder are recognized: a generalized subtype, in which a person fears most social or performance situations; and a nongeneralized subtype in which fears are typically limited to public speaking or other “performance” activities.
Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University
For those living in the Philadelphia, PA area, the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University, in collaboration with the Social Anxiety Research Clinic of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University is conducting a social anxiety disorder treatment study. The study offers medical evaluation and medication treatment to all eligible participants, who may also receive additional cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Treatment and evaluation are provided free of charge to individuals admitted to the research study. The website also provides information and resources on other anxiety disorders.