A challenge to break free: Repost from the "Philippines are there any???" thread
Guys, this is my last call for those who would like to join our group therapy. I really hope you wouldn’t let this chance pass.
The first time I discovered the SAS forum (just after my first doctor gave a name to what was happening to me that pushed me to depression), there were 183 posts on this thread. That’s when I realized that a lot of people out there have been carrying the same burden as I had since childhood. I also found out that since the thread started out in 2008, these socially anxious members have been looking for support groups in the Philippines and found none; they have been hoping to form a support group, but for some reasons haven’t formed one. I resolved to seek treatment for social anxiety disorder for my own healing and for these people.
After a month of medical treatment with my first doctor, I experienced memory lapses. At that time I was busy searching the internet for other alternatives to medical treatment. That’s when I came across the webpage of Dr. Randy Dellosa, a psychiatrist/psychologist who wrote in his blog about social phobia or social anxiety disorder in the Philippines. I got interested when I read his blog post because what he wrote there was true in my case. However, I was also apprehensive at first since considering his expertise and his fame as celebrity shrink, I was expecting a higher consultation fee. Much to my surprise and delight, his fee is even lower than what my first doctor charges.
After my first meeting with Doc Randy, I told him I hope he could help more people with SAD. His reply was, “I have a feeling, you will do the same. That may be the purpose why you’re here.” I said, “I saw this thread in the internet, many people are looking for support groups. Maybe we could form one under your supervision.” He was supportive of the idea but warned me that by nature, people with SAD would like to join a support group but seldom attend the group sessions. He said 3 or 4 people will do.
On our second meeting, I told him I have already introduced him to the SAS group. That’s when I made my first post here #216. After a month, we were able to form a group called Growth and Recovery Enhancement for Anxious Thinkers (GREAT) and had our first group session with only four people in attendance. Nevertheless, with the guidance of a competent psychotherapist, we found it such an enlightening and worthwhile experience. Something I wish I could share with you, guys.
This is already post #362, my 44th post; which by the way equals my age. More SAD members have come out and discovered this thread. Being I think the eldest among you, I consider it my calling to help you out; knowing how it feels having this disorder for the longest time. I wouldn’t want you to reach my age and still feel anxious in dealing with social situations. Had I known before, there’s treatment for this, I wouldn’t have carried this burden for too long. But you who are more fortunate to know about SAD earlier in life, what is keeping you from seeking treatment and joining a support group?
If we want to get out from our own imaginary prison, then we must make an effort to use the key to our own freedom. I hope you do it soon before you lose the key.
be the light that creates a beautiful rainbow in a tearful sky...
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