Author Miriam Drori joins me to Explain why the World needs this Book…
Today’s the day! A big step in fulfilling what has become my passion: to raise awareness of social anxiety. The reason for that passion has been posted on other blogs, as well as my own, but I’ll summarise it here.
It took me 35 years of struggling with my problems before I discovered I wasn’t alone, and that many others in the world shared these feelings and difficulties. That should no longer happen to anyone, but it does.
Social anxiety usually develops in adolescence and should be dealt with in adolescence. That’s the time when it’s easy to change. In adulthood, change is much more difficult. If parents and teachers knew about social anxiety, they would understand the need to take action.
You’re welcome to join my online launch party, which starts today at midday, UK time. Here are some of the things planned for the party:
- Famous people who’ve had social anxiety
- Songs with connections to social anxiety
- Did you know? (Information about social anxiety)
- Some of my fellow authors, who’ve kindly agreed to take over the reins for a while
The book, Social Anxiety Revealed, is available from Amazon in ebook and paperback formats.
Here’s a little about it:
Fear of other people? Most of us feel this occasionally, when giving a presentation or being grilled in a job interview. This is not social anxiety disorder.
Fear of what other people think of you? We have all felt this, too. It is why we dress as we do and generally try to behave in a way that is expected of us. This is not social anxiety disorder either.
But when those fears become so prevalent that they take over your life? When they cause you to hide away, either literally or by not revealing your real self? When you keep quiet in an attempt to avoid those raised eyebrows and the possible thoughts behind them? That is social anxiety disorder.
And it is much more common than you might think. In the mental health table, it comes third – after alcoholism and depression – and yet most people don’t even know it exists.
If you have social anxiety disorder, this book is for you.
Even if you don’t have social anxiety disorder, you might have a friend, a relative or a work colleague who does. You might see it developing in your son, your daughter, or a child you teach. This book is for you, too.
Social Anxiety Revealed is created by people who yearn to ditch all these problems and live their lives to the full.
Can you help?
Miriam Drori is the author of a romance, Neither Here Nor There, and co-author of The Women Friends: Selina, the first in a series of novellas based on a painting by Gustav Klimt. She is married with three adult children and enjoys folk dancing, hiking, touring and reading.
Miriam sees the publication of Social Anxiety Revealed as an important step in fulfilling an ambition that began in about 2003: to raise awareness of a condition that’s very common yet little known.
Miriam has struggled with social anxiety for the past fifty years, although for thirty-five of those years, she didn’t even know the name of it or that a name existed. Only recently has she come to the conclusion that she shouldn’t have been struggling at all, but rather making friends with it.
In order to introduce this book and as a place for discussions with readers, Miriam has begun a blog that’s devoted solely to the topic of social anxiety: http://socialanxietyrevealed.wordpress.com/. Everyone is welcome to visit and comment.
Miriam Drori can be found all over the Internet, including:
Miriam’s website and blog, a blog devoted to social anxiety, Facebook author page and Twitter.
Social Anxiety Revealed will be available from Amazon from August 22 in paperback and ebook formats.