Loneliness While Living Abroad

Since August a close friend of mine has been working abroad. In addition to living in a different country, he is working at a new job. While the decision to work abroad was prompted by a desire to step out of his comfort zone, he has spoken much to me about how lonely he feels. He … Continued

About Hilary M

Hilary M is a twenty-something Toronto student who is living with social anxiety. She considers herself an ally with people living with disabilities and enjoys working and volunteering at organizations that secure human rights and accessibility for all individuals.


Celebrations and Mourning

When you lose a loved one there can be triggers that bring back emotions you had thought were managed and controlled. Holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be one of those triggers. After my grandmother passed away, I attended a group therapy session that was specifically targeted for individuals who were mourning during the holidays. … Continued

About Hilary M

Hilary M is a twenty-something Toronto student who is living with social anxiety. She considers herself an ally with people living with disabilities and enjoys working and volunteering at organizations that secure human rights and accessibility for all individuals.


Tips for Surviving Wedding Parties with Social Anxiety

Two of my friends are getting married. As their wedding day approaches, so do the social gatherings. As a member of the wedding party, my role in these gatherings is to be the assistant host. The wedding party is responsible for ensuring these events go smoothly and that the bride, groom and their guests are … Continued

About Hilary M

Hilary M is a twenty-something Toronto student who is living with social anxiety. She considers herself an ally with people living with disabilities and enjoys working and volunteering at organizations that secure human rights and accessibility for all individuals.


Covering-up – A Coping Mechanism or Something Else?

Before I leave my house each morning I cover-up (figuratively and literally). Over breakfast I will rehearse in my head conversation topics and my response to possible questions I may be asked throughout the day. I will also mentally picture myself in social situations so when I do greet a professor at school or someone … Continued

About Hilary M

Hilary M is a twenty-something Toronto student who is living with social anxiety. She considers herself an ally with people living with disabilities and enjoys working and volunteering at organizations that secure human rights and accessibility for all individuals.


Connecting with Others Through Laughter

Connecting with others on an emotional level is a struggle for me. I have a close knit group of friends, but outside of those few individuals I find it hard to form lasting professional and personal relationships. I believe this is largely due to how I interact with others. Daily social interactions for me include: … Continued

About Hilary M

Hilary M is a twenty-something Toronto student who is living with social anxiety. She considers herself an ally with people living with disabilities and enjoys working and volunteering at organizations that secure human rights and accessibility for all individuals.


How Do You Define “Social Anxiety”?

Social Anxiety Disorder, according to the DSM-5, can be defined by the following criteria: “A. A persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The individual fears that he or she will act in a way that will … Continued

About Hilary M

Hilary M is a twenty-something Toronto student who is living with social anxiety. She considers herself an ally with people living with disabilities and enjoys working and volunteering at organizations that secure human rights and accessibility for all individuals.