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Painfully shy : how to overcome social anxiety and reclaim your life
Markway, Barbara G.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.
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xii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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"Thomas Dunne Books"

Includes index.
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Do you feel shy and self-conscious in social situations?
Are you plagued with self-doubts about how you come across to others?
Do you feel physically sick with worry about certain situations that involve interacting with others?
Do you make excuses or even lie to avoid the social situations you dread?
Do you make important decisions based on whether you'll have to participate in groups or speak in front of others?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone. Millions of people experience social anxiety or painful shyness to such a degree that it disrupts their daily lives. In fact, as many as one out of every eight Americans will at some point suffer from what's called social anxiety disorder, or social phobia.
Social anxiety disorder is a real problem. But fortunately, it's also one that can be overcome.
Barbara and Gregory Markway, psychologists and experts in the field, coach you every step of the way in this friendly, easy-to-read, and inspiring book. You'll learn how social anxiety disorder develops, how it affects all aspects of your life, and, most important, how to chart your course to recovery.

Author Notes

Barbara G. Markway, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and coauthor of Dying of Embarrassment. She has appeared on Good Morning America as well as numerous national radio programs, and has been featured in newspapers and national magazines. Gregory P. Markway, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has worked in the Behavioral Medicine Department at the Washington University Medical Center and was on the clinical faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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Social anxiety disorder goes well beyond simple shyness and can be emotionally crippling to its sufferers. Its victims find even the most informal and routine social situations threatening, and more formal events such as speeches and parties can trigger severe bouts of debilitating anxiety. Some 17 million Americans suffer from social anxiety disorder, and for every one that is diagnosed and receives help, there are probably a half dozen more who suffer in silence. This book is an excellent resource for those who suffer from this disorder, those who love them, and those who treat them. The authors start with the symptoms and some of the possible causes. Most important, they offer methods for treating the disorder, including self-treatment options. Case histories present people from a wide variety of backgrounds who have social anxiety disorder. Appendixes include help from parents of children with this disorder and other resources. An important book that addresses a topic that has received too little coverage. --Marlene Chamberlain

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Courage and Hope for the Journeyp. 1
Part 1. Spotlight on Social Anxiety
1. When the World's a Stage ... and You Have Stage Frightp. 11
2. What Causes Social Anxiety ... and Why Won't It Just Go Awayp. 29
Part 2. Methods for Mastering Social Anxiety: A Comprehensive Approach
3. Practice Acceptancep. 55
4. Commit to Change (A Little at a Time)p. 74
5. Treat Your Body Wellp. 90
6. Think It Throughp. 106
7. Focus on the Task at Handp. 124
8. Face Your Fearsp. 146
9. Use Medication Wiselyp. 174
10. Nurture Your Spiritual Selfp. 194
11. Help Your Child Overcome Social Anxietyp. 214
Epilogue: Reclaiming Your Lifep. 239
Appendix A Recognizing and Coping with Coexisting Problemsp. 243
Appendix B Encouraging Those with Social Anxiety: Tips for Family Members, Teachers, and Others Who Carep. 255
Appendix C Managing Social Anxiety Related to Medical Conditionsp. 260
Appendix D Seeking Additional Help and Information: Resources, Recommended Reading, Web Sites, and Morep. 262
Indexp. 271