Our expert says:
Any therapist who enters the profession to make much money is deluded. The only rich therapists I have known, over the years, were rich to start with. However, I hope that your therapist is using modern methods, validated by good research, to deal wioth your problems. CBT ( Cog nitive-behaviour therapy usually clears up social anxiety rather quickly, for instance, whereas psychoanalytical methods can take years without necessarily producing benefits.
I wonder whether there may be a depression or anxiety disorder present, too, which might be improved by a careful assessment and diagnosis, and proper medicinal as well as CBT treatment.
I have no doubt that your problems as real and genuine, and that they can respond well to proper treatment.
It's unfortunate if your family do not understand and are not supportive, unfortunately this is not an uncommon situation - but fortunately neither their understanding nor their support is needed for you to be able to get better, if you are receiving the right sort of expert help
And as Liza says, check out the Depression ? Anxiety Support Group, and there should be a group near you, which could be understanding and supportive
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