Social Anxiety Background
Social anxiety has affected me since I was in elementary school. While it was triggered initially by a traumatic experience, it is something that runs in the family and I certainly had a predisposition for. Some examples of how it manifested itself over the years: avoiding certain types of social situations and friends, avoiding public speaking, avoiding the opposite sex completely, hiding in the library during lunch, the thought of just walking down certain hallways at my highschool terrified me, fear of being around large groups of people, fear and avoidance of going to parties or social gatherings, etc. My social anxiety started to get severe when I dropped out of college after one quarter because of my social anxiety. That's when I started to get uncomfortable just leaving my apartment and hit "the bottom" so to speak. Through treatment with group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) for mild Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and medication I've been able to live the balanced life that I value and form healthy friendships and relationships.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) and medication. I found all of these to be much more beneficial than hypnotherapy.
I pursued hypnotherapy in two ways, through hypnosis CDs and through actual hypnotherapy with a hypnotherapist.
I bought CDs for building confidence, overcoming social anxiety and even a custom made CD made by a hypnotherapist specifically for me. While they may have had some small effect, I certainly didn't notice it any real changes. And I wasn't going in skeptical of them. I really wanted them to work and believed that they would.
It's a similar story with the hypnotherapist I saw. I didn't notice any positive effects from it beyond the placebo of wanting to believe that there were changes happening.
I have heard that some people just can't really be hypnotized. Maybe I've never really been hypnotized and just can't be? Regardless, I found CBT and EMDR to actually bring about real, long term change.