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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 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.

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Great book! Its the only one i have read where the author has been through it.. and it was comforting to know that this person knew how it felt.

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It's a great book, I bought it, and it's amazing. I can totally relate to it,
and It also can make you feel good, because you know that you are not alone.
She also has a great quote in the book, which made me feel good.
 

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I really enjoyed this book. The writing is simple, yet packs a punch. It is geared more toward adolescents; however, a large portion of the book is written after she graduates from college and moves into the working world. The only problem with it is that the author sort of implies that anyone can learn to manage his or her anxiety through CBT, medication, and hard work. After reading it, I put myself down, telling myself that if I had a stronger will, I would be able to push through my social anxiety.

I think that philosophy may work for some people, but it's definitely not always the case. Books like that just always need to come to a happy ending. Don't get me wrong, I was genuinely happy that the author found ways of coping. It's just that I haven't, and I'm bitter. Oh well.
 

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I enjoyed the personal aspects of this book, where the author shared her own experiences with social anxiety disorder. I have read very few personal accounts and liked getting another perspective on the disorder. What I did not appreciate as much were the treatment suggestions at the end. I thought they were overly simplified and wish the author had stuck to describing her own experiences and provided more on her struggles in following the treatment plan.
 

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I ordered this book last night. I got it for less than $2 from Amazon. If it's as good as everyone says it is, I'd like to give it to my boyfriend and mom to read as well, just to get a better understanding of SA.
 

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I just finished reading this book..it was awesome! A really good read for someone struggling with SA. I could relate to almost all of her experiences with SA
 

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Sounds like a good read and if it makes sufferers feel good all the better!

I did not find CBT that helpful and preferred mindfulness instead, each to their own.
 

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It's a great book. I can relate with the author's experiences of SA. She also details her intensive treatment and post-SA life. It gives me a hope for a future without crippling SA... I bought it for less than $6 on Amazon.
 
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