What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder by Emily FordWhat You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder by Emily Ford

What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety…

byEmily Ford, Michael Liebowitz, Linda Wasmer Andrews

Paperback | July 15, 2007

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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 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 more than just a memoir. Emily's story is coupled with the latestmedical 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--shediscusses 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 andlead healthy, productive lives.
Emily Ford grew up in a rural farming community in the most northern regions of New York State. She has a Master's Degree in Secondary English Education and is involved in mental health consumer advocacy. She lives in Washington, DC with her dog Zsa Zsa. Michael Liebowitz, M.D. is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia Universit...
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Title:What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety…Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.51 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Social Anxiety Disorder2. Moving from Dis-ease to Disease3. Not Just Another Shy Teenager4. The First Step Toward Recovery5. A Long Road Filled with Potholes6. Five Days that Changed My Life7. Making Changes and Sticking to Them8. My Life Today, Your Life TomorrowSome Frequently Asked Questions for the Recently DiagnosedGlossaryResourcesBibliographyIndex

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"For anyone who has shouldered the enormous burden of social anxiety disorder, What You Must Think of Me will be a valuable resource. Emily Ford gives her readers a rare glimpse into the tortured world of a young person struggling with SAD-the isolation, the depression, and her eventualtriumph over this devastating illness. Her story is one of hope, humor, and an incredible will to survive, and will both inspire and educate readers who will recognize their own struggles within these pages."--Jamie Blyth, author of Fear is No Longer My Reality: How I Overcame Panic and SocialAnxiety Disorder- and You Can Too