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Best SAD Self-Help Tool - Readers' Choice Awards 2012



Updated April 02, 2012

Here are the five finalists in the category "Best SAD Self-Help Tool." No winner was chosen in this category due to the small number of votes cast.

1. Diagonally Parked in a Parallel Universe

"Diagonally-Parked in a Parallel Universe: Working Through Social Anxiety" is a self-help guide for social anxiety disorder by Dr. Signe Dayhoff, an SAD sufferer herself. The books offers an overview of research about SAD and practical exercises for coping in a wide range of social activities.

2. Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

"Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness" offers a step-by-step program for using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to cope with social anxiety disorder. Author Gillian Butler provides a history and background about the disorder as well as practical advice for reducing social anxiety.

3. Overcoming Social Anxiety Audio Program

"Overcoming Social Anxiety" is an audio program developed by Thomas Richards of the Social Anxiety Institute (SAI). The program consists of 20 sessions that use the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in a self-help format. Dr. Richards is a former social anxiety sufferer who also offers international group CBT therapy programs through SAI.

4. The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook

"The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook" is a customized and comprehensive plan for overcoming social anxiety disorder compiled by Martin Antony and Richard Swinson. The book also offers general information about treatment and resources for SAD.

5. Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is an organization devoted to helping members improve public speaking skills, learn communication skills, and increase self-confidence. Founded in 1924, Toastmasters is represented in over 100 countries. Members of Toastmasters attend weekly sessions that involve public speaking and feedback from other participants.

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