The name may sound harmless, but the disorder is complex, cruel and anything but simple. Social anxiety is far more than shyness and a fear of public speaking. It is an addiction to avoidance and a disease of resistance, and affects over 15 million Americans. The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety is determined to build awareness and bring the true complexities of this disorder to the forefront. We are committed to providing everyone — including sufferers, friends and family and professionals — with the greater resources and support needed to treat, manage and conquer this debilitating and sometimes fatal disorder.
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I became interested in studying social anxiety in the late 1980s, as I was finishing my psychiatry residency. I was hoping to find an area of research that was ripe for advancement, and the first journal articles on what was then the newly-described condition of “social phobia” caught my eye. At that time, panic disorder READ MORE »