UC San Diego Accommodation Counseling and Consulting Services (ACCES) Lecture Series

The Health and Wellness Lecture Series offers monthly lectures on topics related to health issues, personal well being, and disability prevention and management.

We thank and acknowledge the co-sponsorship of the UC San Diego Medical Center, the Vice Chancellor - External and Business Affairs, the School of Medicine, as well as the Community Advocates for Disability Rights and Education (CADRE), which is an association of faculty, staff, and students that promotes full inclusion and equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

UC San Diego Accommodation Counseling and Consulting Services is pleased to announce October's educational event. This will be a presentation by Murray Stein, MD, MPH, FRCPC who is a Professor from the departments of Psychiatry and Family & Preventive Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Stein is also the Program Director of the UC San Diego Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Disorders Program which consists of UC San Diego and VA affiliated clinicians and researchers in psychiatry, psychology, and related disciplines interested in understanding the nature of anxiety disorders and their treatment.

Dr. Stein's research interests include the treatment of anxiety disorders, especially social phobia, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder and he has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Dr. Stein is also the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders (2009).

Topic: Very Shy: Social Anxiety from Kindergarten to College

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Price Center West, Eleanor Roosevelt College Room

We all know shy people. Some of us consider ourselves shy. Shyness is feeling uncomfortable in social situations in ways that interfere with our ability to enjoy ourselves, to perform at the level we're capable of, or that cause us to avoid social situations altogether.

Shyness can vary from feeling mild to moderate discomfort in one or more areas of our life (e.g., meeting new people, public speaking, attending social functions, dating, making cold calls at work) to debilitating levels of anxiety that impact us in almost everything we do. When shyness is more intense, it is often described as social anxiety, social phobia or panic disorder. The latter terms are diagnostic terms used by health care professionals who treat people struggling with more intense forms of social discomfort that can affect 5% of the general population.

Come and take the first step to better understand the varying differences between shyness and social anxiety and the most effective ways to manage them.

In this presentation, Dr. Murray Stein will talk about the latest research on diagnostic criteria, symptoms, varying disorders, and available treatment options. Dr. Stein directs the UC San Diego Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program which has a number of clinical research studies running to better understand the nature of anxiety disorders and their treatment. Call 1-877-UCSD-SHY if you would like additional information about their work and/or should you be interested to see if you would qualify as a possible participant in any of the studies that they are conducting.

Please join us for what promises to be a very informative presentation. This event's seating capacity will fill up fast and we will be able to confirm reservations for only a limited number of people. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a prize drawing at 12:00 noon.

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Call (858) 534-6744 for general information. Events are wheelchair accessible. To request American Sign Language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations necessary to enable your participation, please call (858) 534-6744 or send an e-mail request to Alane Reardon at as soon as possible to ensure adequate time to arrange for accommodation.

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