Triumph Over Shyness: Conquering Shyness and Social Anxiety

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Social anxiety is a disabling condition affecting 10 million Americans who fear being embarrassed in public. The toll on thier professional and personal lives is enormous. People with social anxiety - social phobia - are often too terrified to answer questions in public or too timid to defend their own ideas. And they have difficulty making friends, dating and forming relationships, which puts them at risk for loneliness and depression. In fact, one in 20 people suffers from this debilitating shyness. This text is written by two experts in the field of social phobia. In addition to offering information on where and how to seek professional help the book also presents pointers that those who suffer from shyness can begin to implement immediately to help them overcome their phobia. These strategies include ending mental put-downs by learning to replace statements like "I shouldn't have said that, everyone will think I'm an idiot" with positive self-talk, "No harm done, the remark just showed I was being friendly". Endorsed by the American Association of Anxiety Disorders, this book aims to help readers overcome the fear and anxiety felt in social situations and how to lead fuller, more rewarding lives both professionaly and personally.

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Shyness is exceedingly common, and in its extreme form, manifests itself as a disabling condition known as both social phobia and social anxiety. The number of men and women, spanning a range of ages and walks of life, who suffer from shyness and social anxiety is in the millions and growing. From the tendency to withdraw from unfamiliar people and situations to public speaking anxiety, test anxiety, sports performance anxiety, dating anxiety, to paruresis (the fear of using public bathrooms), a variety of situations exist that can trigger feelings of discomfort. For some persons, the level of discomfort is so high that it prevents them from living life as fully as they would like to.

The good news is that help is available. Whether you, your child, a friend, or a family suffers from anxiety in social situations, this invaluable book, written with great sensitivity­­and a dash of good humor­­can help.

Copublished by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and written by two experts in the field, Triumph Over Shyness gets to the heart of the matter by helping you navigate the terminology and define, recognize, and tackle your shyness head-on. Here you will learn that shyness, like height or eye color, is a heritable trait­­though not influenced exclusively by genes. You will also learn how embarrassment and shame fit into the mix of shyness and anxiety. Discover what shyness and social anxiety look and feel like, where they may be coming from­­and what you can do about them. In addition, you'll find real-life case histories, plus:


-techniques and exercises to help you overcome shyness and social anxiety
-the latest information on medications and treatments, including those for children and adolescents
-ways to improve your relationships, manage physical symptoms, and conquer anxious thoughts
-advice and information on how to help a shy child
-support for the challenges you may face as you confront your fears

. . . plus a variety of resources to draw upon as you work toward your goal. If you choose to triumph over the confines of shyness, this book will help you break free.

"A roadmap to the diagnosis and treatment of social anxiety disorder ... an owner's guide to the skillful management of social anxiety."
­­John S. March, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke Child and Family Study Center

ARE YOU TOO SOCIALLY ANXIOUS?

To answer this question, ask yourself:


-Does my anxiety in social situations make me feel nervous or uncomfortable a lot of the time?
-Does it interfere with things I want to do now or in the foreseeable future?
-Does it keep me from having fun?
-Does it lead me to being alone and lonely?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have social phobia­­and you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from shyness and social anxiety. Fortunately, help is available­­and you're holding it in your hands. Whether you are concerned about yourself, your child, a friend, or a relative, Triumph Over Shyness will help you understand the nature of the problem and what you can do about it. Written by two experts in the field and endorsed by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, this sensitively written book is filled with helpful case histories, techniques, and exercises to help you manage anxious thoughts and physical symptoms, as well as improve your relationships. Here you will also find the latest information on medications and treatments, and a variety of helpful resources to help you break the bonds of shyness.

You don't have to lose another day. Triumph Over Shyness can ensure that you live your life to the fullest from now on.

About the Author:

Murray B Stein, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Director of the Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Program at UCSD and at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. His research interests includes social phobia, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Stein has published over 100 articles on these topics in journals such as The Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association. and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. John R. Walker, Ph.D. is a registered clinical psychologist and Coordinator of the Anxiety Disorders Program at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Canada. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba and supervises senior clinical psychology students in their training in treatment of anxiety disorders. He is an editor of a book titled Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: A Comprehensive Guide for the Practitioner (1991) and more recently has written chapters on social anxiety disorder and treatment of intense illness worries. Dr. Walker has a special interest in self-help approaches to treatment of anxiety disorders and has completed treatment evaluation studies demonstrating the benefits of self-help materials with panic disorder and social phobia.

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