This is someone who I have posted a video of before. Most of her videos are very good and of professional quality. They are also highly accurate as she has suffered social anxiety herself. Of course being young and attractive means she gets 500 times more views than someone who is old and ugly but never mind if it brings awareness of social anxiety into the mainstream and helps others.
This video is about therapy. She says that you might have to shop around to find the best therapist. This is a common theme and many people who claim therapy has helped a lot often had to go through several to get one that actually helped. Of course in the UK that’s a problem as if you go via the NHS then you get anyone and after a 3-6 month waiting list and also many NHS therapists are absolutely shit, almost abusive if you read the stories from people on UK anxiety forums. Someone who had a bad time with their therapist was told on going back to her GP that there is nothing else! You don’t get to pick and choose on the NHS.
If you go private you then have to pay something like £50 per session at least which is way out of the price range of many unemployed people who need it the most. In fact £50 would pay for my food budget for 3 weeks. I think she says somewhere else that she has been going to therapy for quite a while, it may be a year. On the NHS most people only get 12 sessions and some have even been cut to 6 to save money. Some are in groups and then some groups are for all anxiety problems rather than just social anxiety which is relevant as the treatment is different. Yet many people have gone to therapy for years to get better. One year at £50 per session is over £2500 so you start to see why so many people don’t actually go to therapy or see it as an option. Private therapy becomes a rich persons option only.
And finally she talks about the fear hierarchy list that is standard practice in CBT for social anxiety where you confront your fears one at a time. The problems is I would need treatment for depression first as my motivation is non existent and I see no way out. Hope is not telling you there is a cure and then its just to confront all your worst fears daily for months or years. That takes away hope. Apart from looking for a job which is currently 100/100 for me I have and see no small easier things to practice on and would never get to the top of the list in just a few weeks anyway. I am also beginning to realise that a lot of depression may be completely incurable as its not a chemical imbalance and is caused entirely by circumstances and anxiety which cant be cured first BECAUSE of the depression and the depression cant be cured first BECAUSE of the anxiety. Its a dilemma I have yet to see any solution to. With the current state of the NHS I think suicides from people with mental health in the UK are only going to rise in the foreseeable future.