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TOPIC TITLE: Social Phobia
Created On 10/12/13 9:05 PM
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MoMo
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10/12/13 9:05 PM
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I am in my mid-upper twenties. I had an emotionally abusive upbringing. I have been in individual therapy for the past 7 years. Many things have improved but my social phobia simply won't get better.

I live alone and have almost no friends. I can't keep down a job and have trouble interacting with people. I am dying for connection and intimacy but i am too self conscious.

My Psychiatrist is Dr. Shalom Feinberg over the years he's prescribed various medications but they haven't helped. He insists that medication simply doesn't work for me.

I have been in group therapy for a few years and that hasn't helped either.

I used to think that over time it will get better but it refuses to. All my peers have moved on but I'm stuck.

This has brought on severe depression.
With my social phobia it seems I am doomed to a life of emotional pain and isolation. I am worried beyond words.

I don't know where to turn.
 
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Dr. Price MD
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10/13/13 11:13 AM
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In vivo therapy comes to mind. Perhaps you could connect with a life coach or behavior therapist who would be willing to go out with you in social settings posing as a "friend?" You would be his "wingman" and learn from him what and what not to do in social situations until you feel comfortable enough to do things on your own. There was a movie with actor Steve Carrell that protrayed a comedic version of this. There are limitations as to what can be accomplished in an office setting. Sometimes you have to "get out of the box." Let me know how you make out.

Rabbi Price, M.D.
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MoMo
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10/13/13 8:30 PM
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I usually know how to act (put up a good front) in social situations. My problem is that I fear that people will see that I am afraid and will discover that I am deficient socially which feels very shameful.
 
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MoMo
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10/13/13 11:01 PM
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So I don't see the problem as being about knowing how to act. The problem is that I have a fear of being discovered as a weirdo. This fear permeates all my social interactions making them a bad experience.

Do you still think that In Vivo therapy is the way to go?
 
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Dr. Price MD
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10/14/13 9:37 PM
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Practice makes (a little more) perfect. You may learn a lot more about yourself and how to overcome these fears through therapy in vivo more so than in the office.

Rabbi Price, M.D.
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