My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia

By Chelsea Rae Swiggett; Deborah Reber (Editor)
HCI Teens, Paperback, 9780757315275, 158pp.

Publication Date: August 2010

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Rae is beyond socially awkward.

Since she was a little girl, Rae Swiggett knew something was different about her. The sound of planes flying overhead could spark a panic attack. Being called on in class was enough to push her over the edge. She feared the unknown, life, death, people . . . even fear itself.

By the time she reached ninth grade, Rae was muddling through life in relative silence, convinced everyone was mocking her, judging her, picking her apart, bit by little bit. Rae knew she couldn't keep going on this way. She knew something had to give.

'It's a game of catch-22 I constantly play with myself. If I keep acting normal, I hope one day I will be, but every time I try, I just let myself down. I'm "so" entirely sick of this game.'

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About the Author

Deborah Reber's teen books include Doable", Language of Love", Chill", In Their Shoes", and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal". She is also the founding editor-in-chief for Heart of Gold, an online destination for teen girls passionate about entrepreneurship, social activism, and volunteerism. She recently moved to Amsterdam with her family. Find out more at DebbieReber.com.
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