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Re: School shy, fear rejection

Posted by Budgie on August 19, 2003, at 0:42:59

In reply to Re: School shy, fear rejection Budgie, posted by JonW on August 18, 2003, at 9:20:13

Hi, thank you all for your response and concern.

Have any of you combined CBT with medication? I've found meds that have helped me so much that it seems almost silly to also do these CBT exercises (not that I've tried), because the fear and paranoia is magically gone. And it's strange- the SA has come and gone in waves (always concurrent with depression) over the years so much that I've had many, many exposures already to the situations that I fear the most. Sometimes I even do splendidly. I guess my point is that I'm not exactly starting from square one. I know exactly what it's like to be be social and friendly, just like I know exactly what it's like to not feel depressed.

For me, stress, depression, and SA are just so intertwined, it's hard to seperate them. But that's exactly what I want to do with them so I can understand and deal with them. They all just seem to happen when things start to go wrong. And it's so frustrating, because I'll find myself in a social situation, with people with whom I've got along wonderfully in the past, but these reactions and impulses just happen, and next thing I know, I'm a nervous wreak. I know I'm not scared, but yet I am!

It seems more of a biological response to stress than anything, but of course I know there's something driving that response down deep in my subcoscious, or so I imagine.

I was thinking more along the lines of true psychotherapy. Has anyone had positive experiences with that?

Thanks for listening.




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