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What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder By Emily Ford Linda Wasmer Andrews Michael Liebowitz,

  • Title: What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Author: Emily Ford Linda Wasmer Andrews Michael Liebowitz
  • ISBN: 9780195313024
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We ve all felt occasional pangs of shyness and self consciousness, but for the 15 million Americans with social anxiety disorder, the fear of being scrutinized and criticized can reach disabling proportions Such was the case for Emily Ford, who shares her firsthand experiences in these pages Emily s true story of fear, struggle, and ultimate triumph is sure to resonate wWe ve all felt occasional pangs of shyness and self consciousness, but for the 15 million Americans with social anxiety disorder, the fear of being scrutinized and criticized can reach disabling proportions Such was the case for Emily Ford, who shares her firsthand experiences in these pages Emily s true story of fear, struggle, and ultimate triumph is sure to resonate with other socially anxious teenagers and young adults Emily s frank, often witty, sometimes poignant account of how she negotiated all the obstacles of social anxiety and eventually overcame them with the help of therapy and hard work makes for compelling reading Yet this book is than just a memoir Emily s story is coupled with the latest medical and scientific information about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and self management of social anxiety disorder or SAD Readers will find a wealth of solid advice and genuine inspiration here In engaging, accessible language and with the help of psychiatrist Michael Liebowitz she discusses what is known and not known about social anxiety disorder in adolescents She outlines the various psychotherapies available for those with SAD and explains how to seek professional help, how to talk to family and friends about the illness, and how to handle difficult social situations The result is both an absorbing story and a useful guide that will help to ease the isolation caused by SAD, encouraging young people to believe that, with commitment and hard work, they can overcome this illness Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, What You Must Think of Me will also be a valuable resource for friends and family of those with SAD It offers much needed hope to young people, helping them to overcome this illness and lead healthy, productive lives.
    What You Must Think of Me A Firsthand Account of One Teenager s Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder We ve all felt occasional pangs of shyness and self consciousness but for the million Americans with social anxiety disorder the fear of being scrutinized and criticized can reach disabling propo

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    1. This was a somewhat interesting read I deal with this disorder myself so it was nice to read someone s firsthand experience with it, though I couldn t relate to everything, it did help me to feel a little less alone, which is always a good thing.

    2. I give this book 2.5 stars It s an easy read that could be quite helpful to an adolescent searching for reasons to their extreme shyness I ve lived with this disorder for most of my life and relate to her suffering At times I felt like I was writing the book The story and language could be revealing and colorful, but overall it is a manual of sorts for those that feel they are suffering alone Social anxiety is a disorder that strips away one s spirit until they are forced to retreat into a cave [...]

    3. Reading this book was literally like reading my life I always see people saying that this stuff is made up for attention and that people like this just need to grow up But this is real This is my life and it sucks Emily s story was so inspiring for me because she got her life back I am SO glad I read this book I think everyone should read this If you have Social Anxiety or if you know someone who has Social Anxiety please read this book and LEARN Don t tell people they are making it up and don t [...]

    4. Giving myself credit when credit was due was one of my proudest achievements This book was really important, but I sort of read it after the fact After I learned how to reroute and reason through the illogical, panicked thoughts CBT for the win The above quote is one of the biggest best things I learned about dealing with social anxiety Celebrate the achievements, no matter how small.

    5. Eye opening Raw Painful Helpful overview of resources and healing process Planning to read other books in series Recommended read for educators at secondary and higher ed levels.

    6. 5 5 People who would never criticize someone for having asthma or diabetes can sometimes be surprisingly insensitive where social anxiety disorder is concerned Emily Ford Excellent resource for anyone with anxiety disorder although it does slant toward the teen angle in the beginning the book overall has information, advice for those in the high school, college level, professional level, and patient It makes you feel inspired for yourself, for your friends, and or your loved ones who are living [...]

    7. Social anxiety is, and perhaps always will be, a factor in many of my decisions, but it doesn t dictate my life I no longer define myself solely in terms of social anxiety disorder I ve always been drawn to books about mental illness, and this one was no exception I m certainly not one to talk openly about my own struggle with anxiety, but reading somebody else s personal account helped me understand how crucial it is to be honest with yourself and others, and to seek professional help in order [...]

    8. I reccomend this book to anyone who suffers from social anxiety Reading Emily s story was like reading my own story The title states that this is one teenager s experience with social anxiety but the actual book is the story of Emily from the beginning of her social anxiety that started in childhood and chronicles her journey up until the age of 27, when she wrote the book It has good tips, and like Emily says, it s an attempt to offer a perspective on social anxiety that most websites and books [...]

    9. this was a super easy read and a really easy introduction to social anxiety disorder it was obvious that the author was a new writer and that she collaborated with doctors on tie medical portion I was frustrated with the eager to diagnosis and eager to provide symptoms themes in the book the way she described some of the symptoms made it seem like anyone could have SAD at some point which is upsetting because it s a book geared toward adolescents, who are eager to self diagnose also, some of the [...]

    10. Easy read Read it in a day It was a comforting read to know a woman at my age had researched her social anxiety by going back to high school to find out thoughts from fellow students and teachers about what they had thought about her If they really thought bad things about her as she was distant from most people due to the disorder I now feel that I have generalized anxiety disorder rather than social anxiety disorder There is a clarification in this book that I will now have to clear up with a [...]

    11. As someone suffering from social anxiety, I loved this book It was so relateable that I sort of felt like I was reading my life, which to be honest was a bit triggering at times It brought up a lot of things that I try not to think about and I kind of had to pace myself to avoid panic attacks, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it I liked how it sort of combined a biography with the actual science behind social anxiety, it made it seem less in my head and a bit justified I would highly recommend th [...]

    12. This book is an interesting insight into the life experiences of one who suffered and continues to suffer from social anxiety It would be helpful to give to someone who suffers from this kind of anxiety, particularly a female, to let her know that she is not the only one who has lived with this disorder The writing style is easy to read and not at all clinical However, the content of the book is not particularly specific about ways in which to help others who have this disorder.

    13. I loved reading this book, if only as a confirmation of the idea that I might be suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder The book itself is very short and I didn t have to look up complicated ideas or words I am still debating on how to tackle this problem and cognitive behavioral therapy seems like a good place to start.

    14. This book provides an exceptional window into the life of someone with an anxiety disorder When she was writing about how she felt when teaching, I thought she had somehow crawled into my head Spot on

    15. Really quick read It was helpful reading about a person who suffered and overcame anxiety Very helpful and resourceful book I m glad I came across it Learned a lot about Social Anxiety Disorder and Anxiety in general from this book.

    16. This was an excellent read on social anxiety disorder The author bravely and openly described her fears in a way no doctor could It was a first hand experience of a person knowing they need help but having anxiety made it near impossible to ask for it.

    17. I thought that this book was very interesting It was very detailed about the disorder and for anyone interested in psychology, I recommend that they read it.

    18. I think this book is very informal and I like this book very much It goes to show that anything is possible.

    19. By sharing her experience, it gave me a better idea of what someone with this disorder is going through, gave me the opportunity to get inside her head Easy read, insightful.

    20. Kinda makes me feel like the little boy who wanted to smash the mirror because it showed him his face was dirty Oh well, at least things are working our for the author.

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