Anxiety Attacks / Phobias / Agoraphobia
National network. Founded 1980. Listing of state-by-state local support groups, brochures, information about anxiety disorders, local listing of healthcare professionals providing treatment for anxiety disorders and a national listing of clinical trials provided free. Promotes the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety and stress-related disorders through advocacy, education, training, and research.
Anxiety Disorder Assoc. America
8730 Georgia Ave., Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
National. 7 groups. Founded 1983. Support group that uses specific behavioral and cognitive techniques, along with an adapted 12-Steps of AA to help people recover from anxiety disorders. Relaxation techniques, small group discussions and field trips. Group development guidelines ($2.50). Informative facilitator's manual ($15). Subscription available for weekly handouts ($30/yr).
1719 Crooks Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
International network. 35 affiliated groups. Founded 1996. Provides emotional support and information for persons with paruresis (shy or bashful bladder). Supports research to develop effective treatments. Information, referrals, literature, phone support, workshops, conferences and advocacy. Assistance in starting similar groups.
International Paruresis Association
P.O. Box 65111
Baltimore, MD 21209
Voice: 1-800-247-3864 or 410-367-1253
International. 600 groups. Founded 1937. Mental health self-help organization that offers weekly peer-led meetings for people suffering from various emotional and mental conditions. Telephone and internet-based meetings also available. Principles parallel those found in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Teaches people how to change their thoughts, reactions and behaviors that cause their physical and emotional symptoms.
Abraham Low Self-Help Systems
105 W. Adams St., Suite 2940
Chicago, IL 60603
Voice: 1-866-221-0302 or 312-337-5661
International. 143 groups. Founded in 1957. 12-Step. Group offers mutual help, friendship, community, education and leadership. Focuses on recovery and personal growth. Open to all including those with mental health issues, depression, anxiety, grief, fears, etc.
GROW in America
P.O. Box 3667
Champaign, IL 61826
Online. Support group for persons who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hypochondria or any other form of anxiety. Focus is on recovery and day-to-day survival with a 'can do' attitude.
Online. Offers online scheduled support group meetings, forums and e-mail list. Addresses various types of anxiety, panic attacks and phobias.
Online. Mutual support group created by and for fearful fliers for their own recovery. Message boards, information and a variety of resources.
National. Founded 1992. Pioneering group that offers mutual support for professionals and parents of children with selective mutism or social phobia (a psychiatric anxiety disorder in which children are unable to speak in social situations). Includes social anxiety and shyness. Also open to adults who have or outgrew the disorder. Provides information and online support. Website contains research studies, printable brochures, literature and publications.
Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc.
c/o Carolyn Miller
P.O. Box 13133
Sissonville, WV 25360
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Online. Devoted to educating and promoting awareness about selective mutism and other related childhood anxiety disorders. Online support group for parents, teachers and professionals dealing with selective mutism. Individual or family membership $45/yr.
Online. Founded 2004. Support for anyone with an extreme phobia of dentists or specific dental fears. Information for dental professionals and dental students with an interest in dental anxiety management. Various message boards, including one for mutual support and another to 'Share Your Success Story.' 'Ask the Dentist' section and information on coping with different fears associated with dentistry.
Online. (WOMEN ONLY) Offers a one-on-one post-traumatic stress disorder e-mail/pen pal support network, where female victims of specific trauma can be matched with survivors of similar post-traumatic stress disorder. Audio-visual resources available.
Online. Support for people who suffer from emetophobia - an irrational fear of vomiting, to help them with their fears and share their experiences with others. Several topics are addressed, such as: social isolation, obsession, travel issues, morning sickness and eating strategies.
International. 784 chapters. Founded 1971. Fellowship for people experiencing emotional difficulties. Uses the 12-step program sharing experiences, strengths and hopes in order to improve emotional health. Books and literature available to new and existing groups. Guidelines available to help start a similar group.
P.O. Box 4245
St. Paul, MN 55104-0245
Online. Support, information, telephone conference and face-to-face groups for social anxiety disorder, social phobia, shyness problems, avoidant personality disorder, social agoraphobia and paruresis.
Social Phobics/Anxiety Anonymous
Online. Support for those who suffer with social anxiety and social phobia.
Online. Provides support of various mental health issues such as autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADD and ADHD and the problems that arise from them such as domestic abuse. Online forums and chat.
PO Box 184
Deer Lodge, TN 37726
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