Everyone feels shy or nervous occasionally, but for millions of Americans even signing a check or eating a sandwich in public evokes enormous anxiety, often leading these people to withdraw entirely from social contact. Long neglected by psychologists, social phobia has now been dubbed the "disorder of the decade." 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.
John R. Marshall, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic there.
* Prologue: The Disorders of the Decade * Buried Secrets/Buried Lives: Two Case Histories * The Evolutionary Origins of Social Anxiety * The Drama of Social Phobia * Joining the Group at School and Work * Social and Sexual History * Social Fear in Children * Seeing and Being Seen * Trembling in the Wings * Self-Medication with Alcohol and Drugs * Diagnosis and Treatment