The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety Awards Grant to the Selective Mutism Group

The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety (AKFSA) has selected The Selective Mutism Group (SMG) as one of its 2015 grant recipients. AKFSA grants provide support to organizations focused on educational and outreach initiatives improving knowledge about and the treatment of social anxiety disorder. With grant support from AKFSA, SMG will create a cutting-edge, interactive READ MORE »

Anxiety and Depression Conference

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is now accepting applications through November 7, 2014 for the Career Development Travel Awards, The ADAA Career Development Travel Awards are givento help early career professionals who have a research interest in anxiety disorders and depression, such as basic and clinical neurobiology, psychopharmacology, anxiety comorbidities, clinical psychology, READ MORE »

The Today Show: A Thank You from AKFSA

Enjoying a slower morning than usual, I was able to catch the Today Show’s special report on anxiety in teens. The feature focused on a group of teens at a treatment center. These brave individuals came from behind the curtain to talk openly about their pain. The message of the piece rang very clear; anxiety READ MORE »

How Can You Find The Right Provider to Treat Social Anxiety Disorder?

Originally posted on Lori Blumenstein-Bott, MSW, LMSW Executive Director, The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety Finding a provider to treat social anxiety disorder can be a challenge, especially because so many people—mental health professionals included—do not know how to diagnose or treat it. Ms. Blumentstein-Bott shares tips from the Andrew Kukes Foundation to READ MORE »

Social Superheroes is a program designed to address social anxiety in children

This summer, Thriving Minds Behavioral Health is offering a social skills program for children ages 5-7 who seem fearful, shy, or reluctant to interact with others or who demonstrate characteristics of Social Anxiety Disorder or Selective Mutism. Social Superheroes is a social skills group intended to address social anxiety concerns in children. The skills are READ MORE »

Treating Children, Adolescents, and Teens With Anxiety and Depression

Listen to WBEZ91.5 Morning Shift: The impact of social anxiety on teenagers Treating Children, Adolescents, and Teens With Anxiety and Depression Free Community Event Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 pm Marriott Ballroom – 4th floor Chicago Marriott Downtown 540 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois Download registration form.** Co-sponsored with the Anxiety and Depression READ MORE »

A Review of “Fear factors: Cross validation of specific phobia domains in a community-based sample of African American adults”

THE MAIN POINT: The current study furthers understanding of specific phobias within the African-American population, addressing a gap in the literature regarding specific phobias among ethnic minorities. This study set out to cross-validate prior findings regarding domains of fear in specific phobia with African-Americans by examining community dwelling individuals rather than college students. Overall, this READ MORE »

Lifestyle Keys to Unlocking Better Mental Health and Well-Being

THE MAIN POINT: The goal of this piece is get you really thinking about ways that you might be able to increase control over your health and mental well-being using therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLCs), including how to better manage your social anxiety and how to promote a healthy lifestyle overall. This piece can be used READ MORE »

Lifestyle Matters: Insights for Supporting Individuals with Social Anxiety

THE MAIN POINT: The goal of this piece is get you thinking about how lifestyle factors interact with mental health and well-being, which is important for you and for the people you care about struggling with social anxiety disorder. This research review will help you better understand ways that people can increase control over their READ MORE »

New study seeks participants to learn effective treatments of social anxiety

The goal of a new online study conducted by a researcher at Case Western Reserve University is to learn more about various aspects of anxiety in children (emotion regulation, relationships, etc) in order to improve therapies for child anxiety. Research not only helps us to improve therapies but also helps to raise public awareness of READ MORE »