I tried Dr. Richards tapes as well as a book. I do think it helped but not nearly as much as medication. I guess everyone is different but apparently in my case there was a problem that needed medication to correct. I became very frustrated and thank god my family doctor helped me get medication. I no longer have social anxiety at all and people are shocked that I ever could have. Unfortunately, I still have panic attacks and have sense moved so no luck trying a medication for that. Eventually, I am going to get so freaked out that I'll end up going to the ER and getting a big bill. Well, I don't have a job (due to the panic attacks) so at least I won't be paying the bill lol Add it to the long list of items I'll eventually have to file bankrupstsy on but right now I cannot even afford to file (ironic isn't it).