Our expert says:
Sorry if the CBT therapist you saw wasn't as useful as they should have been - properly done it should be very effective in your sort of situation. Much depends on what the CBT focusses on ; and from what you say, this should have included the shyness, whatever automatic thoughts you have about speaking in front of other people, and so on. A careful assessment from your psychiatrist or psychologist should check the primary diagnosis. If, as in extreme shyness, it's Social Anxiety Disorder, then this usually responds well to drugs also used to treat depression, rather than only the sort of sedative-tranquillizers more GPs tend to use.
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