Social Anxiety Disorder in the LGBTQ+ Community

I’m pleased to announce my new four-part course for Academia.edu: Social Anxiety Disorder in the LGBTQ+ Community.

The course explores the pervasiveness of social anxiety in the LGBT community and how it disrupts the ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships.

An estimated one in four U.S. adults and adolescents have diagnosable depression and anxiety. The LBGT community is twice as likely to be impacted as their counterparts. LGBT adolescents are almost five times as likely to attempt suicide, and 40% of transgender adults have attempted suicide in their lifetime.

Roughly one/third of LGBT persons have social anxiety disorder. Their avoidance of social situations is aggravated by the unwillingness to disclosure or seek treatment due to the stigma of diagnosis, public opinion, victimization, family rejection, homophobia, heterosexism, and identity. 

This course illustrates how social anxiety impacts healthy relationships, how the problem is exacerbated in the LGBT community, and what can be done to address the issue. The innate desire-to love and be loved is no less dynamic than any other group, but the fear and anxiety of intimacy and companionship impedes the ability to establish and maintain sustainable social connectedness. 

  • Session 1: The prevalence of social anxiety disorder in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Session 2: Victimization, heterosexism, and homophobia in the LGBTQ+ Community.
  • Session 3: Social anxiety’s disruptive impact on healthy relationships.
  • Session 4: A paradigmatic approach to recovery utilizing proactive neuroplasticity.

Neuroscience and Happiness: Neuroplasticity and Positive Behavioral Change

Neuroplasticity is the scientific evidence of our brain’s adaptation to learning. By deliberately enhancing the process, we can proactively transform our thoughts, behaviors, and perspectives, creating healthy new mindsets, skills, and abilities. All experience notifies our neural pathways to restructure, generating a correlated change in behavior and perspective. This course demonstrates how information creates the electrical activity that restructures our neural network. The deliberate, repetitive neural input of information strengthens and solidifies the connections between neurons, dramatically accelerating and solidifying learning through synaptic neurotransmission.

  • Session 1: The evolution of proactive neuroplasticity and its impact on our behavior.
  • Session 2: The proactive application of neuroplasticity; how it empowers change.
  • Session 3: The neural trajectory of information and how it accelerates and strengthens learning.
  • Session 4: Psychological approaches that help us construct our neural information.

MY EXPERIENCE OF A RECHANNLING PRACTICUM A graduate of the 10-hour ReChanneling practicum has created a website partially dedicated to his experiences. He is halfway through the five-week, 10-hour session, sharing his reactions, thoughts, and perspectives in separate posts for each hour of the practicum and including the 4 weekly post-session work-at-home. LINK

ENLISITNG POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGIES TO CHALLENGE LOVE WITHIN SAD’S CULTURE OF MALADAPTIVE SELF-BELIEFS in Claude-Helene Mayer,  Elisabeth Vanderheiden (Eds.) International Handbook of Love Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Perspectives available at Amazon and other fine booksellers.

How an Honorable Psychobiography Embraces the Fluidity of Truth in New Trends in Psychobiography, Chap. 5 (pp: 79-95). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-16953-4-https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-16953-4

Revisiting your inherent character strengths, virtues, and attributes that generate the motivation and perseverance to attain your aspirations.

Establishing a Wellness Model for LGBTQ+ Persons with Anxiety and Depression. Academia.edu, Researchgate.com. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.17550.38728 (PDF) Establishing a Wellness Model for LGBTQ+ Persons with a Mental Dysfunction (researchgate.net)

The wellness model’s emphasis on character strengths, virtues, and attributes not only positively impacts the self-beliefs and image of a mentally ill person but resonates in sexual and gender-based identities and portends well, the recovery-remission of an LGBTQ+ person

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