This thread is directed towards Males ages 18 to 65 with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) who have been patients of psychotherapeutic treatment and have: A. Experienced the treatment as, in every aspect, ineffective, neither improving nor deteriorating from the treatment, B. Worsened from the treatment, or, C. Improved from the treatment. I am not directing this message out of curiosity, but so that it will be read and replied to posthaste. I do this as a form of data collection for a study that I am employing, just as the title suggests. It is, essentially, a study that is trying to understand three abnormalities: The ineffectiveness of psychotherapy in regards to the patients not changing at all, the ineffectiveness of psychotherapy in regards to the patients worsening, and why no psychotherapist, or anyone in any similar field, is not thoroughly exploring this pressing topic of inquiry. If possible, I prefer that three individuals of each subsection mentioned above aid me in this study. Of equal importance, I would also prefer that three participants would fall under the category of improvement, as it is important to cross analyze what separates the improved cases from the unimproved cases. The reason for the specification of the age and the gender is to easily control for extraneous variables and to give a good baseline for further research in this field. To be truthful, I am even using Social Anxiety Disorder as a control variable. The true purpose of this study is to find the reason why a minority of individuals who participate in psychotherapeutic treatment are not getting any better or are getting worse. I could have used depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD, but I decided upon Social Anxiety Disorder for no reason other than it was the first option. I reveal this not out of apathy, but out of my moral obligation as a researcher to not deceive any of the participants. Please understand that this is just the first step to a broader topic of research - a step that will help not just people with SAD, but anyone and everyone that suffers from some mental illness, whether it be mild or severe. This is still a study being done because it matters rather than because it simply “needs to be done.” Please understand this, and judge whether or not you want to be part of that first step.
The method of choice is an interview that comprises of 12 questions that ask the participant a question about something regarding their psychotherapeutic treatment or personal question regarding how they came to have SAD. There are three ways that I could gather data. From least probable to most probable, the options are:
1. The participant contacts me because they want to be interviewed in person. It is important to take note that I will not supply the time and place unless otherwise instructed to. Since individuals with SAD are generally uncomfortable in unfamiliar and unknown situations, it is important to situate a location in which the participant will feel unthreatened and as calm as their disorder will allow so they will not become too uncomfortable to the point where they cannot answer the questions. If the participant requires that I change the location, I will do so. The same methodology applies to the date and time of the interview. The participant will choose a data and time unless I am otherwise instructed by the participant to supply the aforementioned. During the interview process, the participant is free to choose how they situate themselves (laying, sitting, standing, etc). This is to further enhance the comfortability of the individual. During the interview, I will record the entirety of the interview. The recordings themselves will not be revealed to the public. Instead, they are being used in compliance with me taking notes, as there might be a vital piece of information that the participant stated that I did not write down. The participant during this time will not be asked anything more or anything less than what is provided by the questions. Participants are free to speak at length regarding the topic of the question, free from any researcher interruption. At the end of the interview, the participant will be obliged a farewell and I will pardon myself from the interview location.
2. The interview is done over the phone. Before the participant and I start the interview, it is once again important to situate the data and time of the interview. Since the interview is obviously taking place over the phone, there is no reason to situate a location for the interview. The process of the interview, of course, is also identical to doing the interview in person, disregarding how the person fixates themselves in the room. The participants are once again allowed to speak at length about any and all of the questions. Likewise, the participants will be asked nothing more and nothing less of them than the questions. After the interview is finished, I will once again oblige the participant and bid myself a farewell from the phone call.
3. Sending the question virtually, preferably through a Google document. I do of course realize that doing this transforms an open-ended interview into an open ended survey. Albeit a very specific open-ended survey. The participant would contact me via email, and I would send them a virtual copy of the interview questions, preferably on Google docs, that they would then answer and send back to me. I prefer this option as it is the most convenient and it removes the hassle of going to each participant individually.
Please be assured that a participant is not required to give his name. If a participant chooses to do so, the participant must also contact me to assure whether or not he wants to be mentioned in the study specifically or he would rather be left anonymous.
Please take your time to do this. It would greatly benefit yourself, people similar to you, and the psychological community at large.
Thank you, and best regards, William.
Tl;dr: This is a study that needs men between the ages of 18-65 with Social Anxiety Disorder who have been to psychotherapy, preferably men who found it ineffective or saw their condition worsen during the treatment.
(If you could please respond/forward this to others who have had experience with this disorder, I would be extremely thankful.)