Social Phobia Books

The following books are recommended for those who suffer from Social Phobia or for family and friends of those suffering. You may purchase these books at your local bookseller, or click on the links below to purchase them from Amazon.com.1

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

Gillian Butler

This straightforward book will help you change unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches. CBT was developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck and is now internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. CBT insists that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors. Even when our situation does not change, if we change the self-defeating ways we think, we can make ourselves feel better. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike. The book provides background of the disorder, who is likely to be affected, and what the main symptoms are provide a structure ideal for personal use or in a program using guided self-help techniques include diagnostic questionnaires, case studies, and workbook-style interactive exercises explore step-by-step techniques such as diary- and record-keeping, problem-solving, and managing symptoms include overviews of all treatment options offer authoritative, commonsense solutions to pervasive, difficult emotional problems are highly recommended by experts around the world and offer readers an affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plan.

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook

Martin M. Antony, Ph.D. and Richard P. Swinson, M.D.

As you complete the activities in this workbook, you’ll learn to:

  • Find your strengths and weaknesses with a self-evaluation
  • Explore and examine your fears
  • Create a personalized plan for change
  • Put your plan into action through gentle and gradual exposure to social situations

Information about therapy, medications, and other resources is also included. After completing this program, you’ll be well-equipped to make connections with the people around you. Soon, you’ll be on your way to enjoying all the benefits of being actively involved in the social world.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties.

Dying of Embarrassment

Dying of Embarrassment

Markway, Carmin, Pollard, and Flynn

Social phobia cripples the lives of some 15 to 20 percent of the US population. This distressing social anxiety includes the fear of public speaking (stage fright), performing in social and creative situations (test anxiety, writers’ block), eating in restaurants, and dating. If you suffer from the symptoms of social anxiety disorder, this book offers clinically proven strategies to overcome them and start living a life of confidence.

Social Phobia: From Shyness To Stage Fright

Social Phobia: From Shyness To Stage Fright

John R. Marshall, MD

This important book, with its moving case histories, proves that this cruel condition need not doom a person to a life sentence of loneliness and despair. In his ten years of practice in anxiety disorders clinic, John R. Marshall has been a pioneer in recognizing and treating social phobia. Now he presents a vivid portrait of the disorder in all its many manifestations, from a paralyzing fear of eye contact to fear of shopping.

Managing Social Anxiety, Workbook, 2nd Edition: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach

Debra A. Hope, Richard G. Heimberg, and Cynthia L. Turk

This revised workbook is designed for patients’ use as they work, either with a qualified mental health professional or on their own, to manage social anxiety. Based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the treatment program described is evidence-based and proven effective. Complete with user-friendly forms and worksheets, as well as relatable case examples and chapter review questions, this workbook contains all the tools necessary to help patients manage their anxiety and improve their quality of life.

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