Anxiety Sufferers Find Relief and Support With New On-Line Anxiety Social Network
AnxietySocialNet is an anxiety social network much like Facebook. However, the difference lies in giving users the ability to share highly personal matters without exposing themselves to friends and family.
We live in hectic times; the percentage of anxiety afflicted people is growing exponentially. Around 18% of the US population has endured some form of anxiety during their lives. Anxiety in its various forms can hit at any time and most people will not be eager to write about it on Facebook.
AnxietySocialNet (commonly referred to as “ASN”) was founded by former anxiety sufferer Salomon Ptasevich. The site has most of the functionality we already know from other social network sites such as anxiety support groups and anxiety Q&A but also includes specific functionality created to assist users in overcoming anxiety and easing the integration of new users to the community.
Such innovations include the “Emotion Chart,” which consists of three 1 to 10 scales based on three different questions. The site then calculates the user’s overall mood and publishes it on the profile page. As a result, other friends and users can see when a fellow member is “down” and can promptly give a word of advice by contacting them using the live chat or by personal message.
Another interesting feature of the site is the “My Goals” section, which gives the user the possibility to set private and public goals for overcoming his/her anxiety step by step. ASN also offers users the possibility of keeping a diary and sharing both successes and failures with the anxiety community.
A popular myth is that social networks can have a negative impact by actually heightening the user’s anxiety. However, ASN has proven that a more private, serious, and helpful community of anxiety sufferers can be both relieving and beneficial to the user. ASN Founder, Salomon Ptasevich, states in his blog, “the whole idea behind ASN is to allow people to share their emotions in a ‘safe place’ and learn from each other’s experiences. We try to encourage users to get themselves out there and conquer their anxiety.”
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