What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is fear of missing out (FOMO). Fear of missing out, more commonly known as FOMO, is a form of social anxiety (although not a social anxiety disorder). It involves a pervasive apprehension that others might be engaging in… Continue reading What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Loneliness, social anxiety, and introversion-extroversion - drawing of a blue elephant
Our Minds & Our Selves

Loneliness, Social Anxiety, and Introversion–Extroversion

I started the draft for this post quite a while back when I wrote about the COVID pandemic being better suited to introverts than extroverts. I thought I'd treat to tease apart the constructs of loneliness, social anxiety, and introversion/extroversion, similar to a post I did quite some time ago about introversion, shyness, and social… Continue reading Loneliness, Social Anxiety, and Introversion–Extroversion

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Selective Mutism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is selective mutism. Selective mutism (SM) is a rare disorder that begins in childhood and is characterized by an inability to speak in select social contexts (hence the "selective" part of the name). It used to be called… Continue reading What Is… Selective Mutism

a list of cognitive biases that can feed into social anxiety
Mental Health & Illness

Cognitive Biases that Can Feed into Social Anxiety

This post is a follow-up to a conversation that Winter Dragonflies and I were having about different mental errors that can feed into social anxiety. We all have a natural set of cognitive biases that can result in mental errors, so I wanted to take a look at what some of those might be. Cognitive… Continue reading Cognitive Biases that Can Feed into Social Anxiety

Mental Health @ Home book review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People

The Anxiety Book for Trans People by Freiya Benson aims to support trans and other non-cis identities in dealing with anxiety. Benson has previously published Trans Love, an anthology of trans and non-binary voices. The book focuses on experiences of anxiety, and in particular anxiety related to having non-cis identities, rather specifically on anxiety disorders.… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is avoidant personality disorder. Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) falls within the DSM-5's cluster C of anxious/fearful personality disorders. It's characterized by intense feelings of inadequacy and fear of social rejection, and avoidance is relied upon as a coping… Continue reading What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

Mental Health @ Home book review: Red Face by Russell Norris
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Red Face by Russell Norris

Red Face by Russell Norris is a memoir of living with social anxiety disorder—with a twist. The red face of the title comes from a condition the author has called idiopathic craniofacial erythema, which produces intense and often unprovoked facial blushing. He also developed erythrophobia, where blushing itself becomes a source of fear. It sounds… Continue reading Book Review: Red Face by Russell Norris

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

How College Bested Me and My Anxiety (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Matthew of Matt's Mishaps, writes about his experiences with social anxiety during college. Image by silviarita from Pixabay Prior to attending postsecondary school, I was completely clueless as to what being a college student was, or what going to a university for four years entailed for my future. Living away… Continue reading How College Bested Me and My Anxiety (Guest Post)

Why depression makes it hard to be around people - graphic of person standing out in a group
MH@H Depression

Why Depression Makes it Hard to Be Around People

Mental illness can make it hard to be around people for a few different reasons. One of the common ones is social phobia, but it's not the only reason. Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, can be a crippling condition that makes it extremely difficult to be around people. It affects around 13%… Continue reading Why Depression Makes it Hard to Be Around People

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

Emerging Blogger: Sadie Hall (Your Social Anxiety Bestie)

This post is by Sadie Hall of Your Social Anxiety Bestie. Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels How Social Anxiety Therapy Helps Me Survive as a Mom, Human, and Camel (wait, what?) Mental health journeys are meandering things. I’ve had my share of stumbles on my path to recovery from social anxiety, depression, and perfectionism. Becoming a mother 5… Continue reading Emerging Blogger: Sadie Hall (Your Social Anxiety Bestie)