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Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 7:42 AM


On the Outside Looking In - My Life with Social Anxiety Disorder

A detailed account of the author’s lifetime struggle with Social Anxiety Disorder (S.A.D.), homosexuality, and growing up Italian Catholic in America.

Every hour of every day was a struggle. In denial about her sexuality and her constant feeling of alienation from those around her, Daniela began a life of pretending to “fit in.” Living this way was pure torture.

It wouldn't be until her early to mid twenties she discovered there was a name for how she was feeling. It was a great relief but yet she didn't know where to get help. S.A.D. was not yet widely known or treated. It would be a long time until she disclosed her feelings or issues to anyone.

Tired of only "existing" and determined to not waste her life, but also blessed with a wonderful family and a few close friends, Grazia pushed herself to get through each day. Also influenced by people's disregard and ignorance of the disorder, she decided the only way to finally get better and help others was to discuss her issues openly.

She takes you to present day as a woman in her 40’s still dealing with the effects of Social Anxiety Disorder. She shares what a day at work feels like for someone with S.A.D. By opening up and sharing her story, she hopes to draw more attention and support for those affected by it.

Daniela is currently living with her life partner of 5 years and her cat. She has a professional career as a staff accountant working for an environmentally conscientious corporation. For more information visit Daniela on Facebook.


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ISBN 978-1-60910-455-9

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