It's just a different way to write Bob, which isn't my name either . I guess the family therapist just means it's for anyone and everyone. I saw a couple there go in with a different therapist there and a mother and daughter come out with another.
The door just said family psychology so I don't know.
It went pretty well. He broke down shyness and anxiety and explained certain factors that could cause you to develop it throughout life and other things that usually go along with it such as low self-esteem and/or depression. I explained some of the problems I was having, which is mostly talking with my peers, awkwardness of walking by someone or a group of people by myself, and basically trying to be perfect just to be accepted by the average person.
First thing he pointed out was what other people thought and what I think they are thinking about me. 50 percent of the population won't like me right off the bat simply because of their prejudices about me, whether it's my skin color, hair texture, or height. Most people are more concerned about themselves or what they need to do then what someone walking by them or sitting a few seats from them is doing or wearing, which is still kind of hard for me to believe.
I recognize that when I'm out and see someone make a mistake, I'm not critical of them or think 'what a fool that person is' but for some reason I feel they are doing just the opposite when I'm in their position.
Casual eye contact is something I had trouble with, but when I really focus on what I'm doing after just talking about it, it actually seems easier for me. Just really a one or two second glance is considered nothing out of the norm. This is just what I've come to conclude: You're not really staring at the person, it's like acknowledging that you recognize them.
I'm supposed to be seeing someone else closer to my house beginning of next week that he referred me too, due to my insurance only allowing up to 6 sessions with this office. That way, if I need any more then 6 meetings, I won't have to start from the bottom again with someone new.
So, as a way for me to just get out of the house, it was suggested I contact one of my only friends in the area and just visit him or go out to grab a bite to eat, just to build up my social exposure.
It's still hard to believe but I was told that this is easily treatable and nobody needs to be living in anxiety or fear of society or interaction. I've lived a life without anxiety before and I'm hoping I can be there again despite the challenge.