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5 Books You Should Read If You Have Social Anxiety
And, as you can see, there were a couple of repeat favorites! Add to Bag. I absolutely adored her journey toward accepting herself and the way she communicates, while also learning that sometimes the smallest steps can make a world of difference. Molly is the character I saw most of my anxious self in as a teen. Becky Albertalli does a great job at normalizing anxiety talk in her book, mentioning medication as part of a daily routine, exploring the ups and downs, the struggles as well as the victories.
But the reality is: social anxiety can be paralyzing. This is something we can see—and, in some cases experience alongside those who struggle with it—in YA books about social anxiety. Those who struggle with social anxiety are more than uncomfortable or awkward in social situations. Their bodies become pained, their breathing can become labored, their skin can become covered in goosebumps or sweat, or can feel tight. They may also deal with extreme nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, and other symptoms. These are ways the body protects the mental experience, even though it feels anything but protective. A diagnosable anxiety disorder, those who struggle with social anxiety generally find relief through the same ways those who struggle with any variety of anxiety disorders may.
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If your stomach does backflips just thinking about walking into a room full of strangers it me! And per the ADAA, over a third of people who have it say they dealt with the symptoms for 10 years or more before seeking help. The good news: With treatment, social anxiety can be completely manageable. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be especially effective at breaking the negative thought patterns that cause you to doubt yourself around others, and if needed, medication can help alleviate some of your worst symptoms. As the title implies, Dr. It can set you free from a bunch of crap. Butler prescribes.