Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association

Social Anxiety Association Mission Statement

The Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association (SP/SAA), a non-profit organization, was officially organized in 1997 to meet the growing needs of people throughout the world who have social phobia/social anxiety.

Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, is a relatively new classification in the DSM, a psychiatric diagnostic statistical manual, appearing for the first time in early 1980's, and then more specifically and definitively in the 1987 version. Social anxiety is still nowhere near a "household" word --and it is a "problem area" not taught in most graduate schools of psychology. Thus, not only is the public ignorant of this major anxiety disorder, the vast majority of professional therapists are not aware of it either.

We find it both ironic and sad that there are non-profit organizations for all types of medical and mental health care problems, yet there is little or no information on social anxiety, particularly because, according to the latest U.S. epidemiological data...





You read that correctly.

Social anxiety is not only the largest anxiety disorder, it is the third largest mental health care problem -- all alone, by itself. Most people with social anxiety feel they are like voices crying out in the wilderness -- and there's no one out there anywhere to hear them. This problem is one of the major purposes for the formation of the Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association.

Thus, the major goals of the Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association are to:

1. encourage public awareness of and research into social anxiety;

2. facilitate the appropriate use and increase the number of effective therapeutic strategies to help people overcome social anxiety;

3. serve as a resource and information center for matters related to social anxiety;

4. hold meetings for those interested in social anxiety as membership dictates.


Membership in SP/SAA shall be open to anyone interested in social anxiety disorder and in cooperation to help, encourage, and support others.

Applicants for membership of the Association shall submit a membership application. A Membership Committee, elected by a simple vote of the Board of Directors, shall review applications for membership and refer applicants for confirmation to the Board of Directors.

The SP/SAA is primarily an educational and informational group and membership does not confer any professional status. Members may not use their membership in the Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association to infer any kind of professional status.


Non-profit contribution


The Association may engage in the publication of newsletters and similar matter related to its goals and purposes. 

Website Information

As membership and finances allow, the board of directors may wish to continually expand upon its website, consistent with the goal of reaching as many people as possible to inform them about social anxiety disorder.

Please Note: The SP/SAA is in its infancy and we are only beginning the process of organization. The SP/SAA has no employees and no one takes a salary from the organization.  Currently the costs of the Association are being underwritten by the Social Anxiety Institute, Inc. in Phoenix.  

We would appreciate any donations, grants, or contributions in any form to further the educational goals of the Association.

We would like to thank Ms. Debbie Barton for her help in initiating the SP/SAA.

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association Links:

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association Current News

What is Social Phobia/Social Anxiety?

Social Phobia: The Least Understood Anxiety Disorder

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association Home Page

Membership in the Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association

Social Anxiety Disorder Links

Social Anxiety Fact Sheet

Links to other Social Phobia/Social Anxiety sites:

The Social Anxiety Institute

The Anxiety Network

Anxiety Bookstore

The Social Anxiety Network

The Social Anxiety Mailing List

The Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association

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