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My Friend Is Struggling with Social Anxiety

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I have a very close friend and she struggles with social anxiety and introversion. She will sometimes shut off all emotions and completely stop caring about anyone else, not in a selfish way but she just ignores the world and she just accepts her problems and doesn’t try to fix them. It is overall hurting her quality of life and sometimes, our friendship. She said she is willing to try and let me help her, I just want to be there for her. I want to try and help her as best I can but I do not know where to start.

My Friend Is Struggling with Social Anxiety

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I admire your desire to help your friend and believe the best way of doing this is through helping her to find resources — and supporting her in moving toward getting them.

The best place for her to begin is with our forums. Here she can register and learn what others are doing to help themselves with social anxiety. I’d also encourage her to talk about this with the school’s counselor. He or she is likely to have a number of resources that can help.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

My Friend Is Struggling with Social Anxiety

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). My Friend Is Struggling with Social Anxiety. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 23, 2019, from
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