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New Social Network That Can Fulfill the Needs of 26% of The US Population

More than 26% of American citizens suffer from anxiety disorders. In these hectic times when everything is going “social,” it is not surprising that a new social network targeted to help people suffering from anxiety in becoming so popular.


The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that anxiety disorders affect 26% of Americans age 18 or older. AnxietySocialNet (ASN) is a social network for those afflicted with anxiety disorders like agoraphobia, social anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and all other forms of anxiety. ASN is a unique example of a niche social network that also strongly acts as a support network.

Some people say Facebook is the entire social media solution anyone would ever need; this is far from the truth. Facebook opened the doors but it is the interest based networks that will take social networking to the next level. In all their popularity, the “general” social networks are not always able to deeply fulfill their interest based needs of the users. When it comes to health and sensitive personal topics, such general social networks miss the mark entirely.

In the case of the common anxiety sufferer, he/she is under a great deal of stress by not wanting to share on his feelings and experiences on such a widespread and public social network site, like Facebook. The fear of being judged by friends and family stops such people from asking for help. ASN provides such people with a safe environment for socializing online, learning from others, and ultimately seeking help.

Just as other up and coming interest targeted social networks are developing special features to fulfill the specific needs of their users, so is ASN. One unique aspect of the site is the “Emotional Chart,” which asks users to evaluate their mood based upon 3 questions that are scaled between 1 and 10. The results from this short questionnaire are published to the site wall. Members can easily identify when another member is feeling down and can promptly respond to them in an encouraging and supportive way via personal message or live chat.

As the founder, Salomon Ptasevich explains, “On ASN, users can join anxiety support groups, learn about anxiety through a user powered anxiety Q&A system, and keep an online diary allowing them to share their personal experiences within the online community.”

For those sincerely looking for a comfortable, private, and helpful environment, ASN looks to be the next step in helping to manage and treat anxiety disorders.


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