Some extracts from the 50 minute video

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Overcoming social phobia

"I use the term social phobia. It's a nice tag. Just what it is like to be me is that here I am, I'm on planet earth, I look around, I see other human beings and they're doing things that I want to do, you know having relationships, they're happy and they are in families. And I'm trapped here in this body and I can't do any of those things. Now that I'm further on in recovery I am doing some of those things but for 30, 40 years of my life I felt that a cruel joke had been played on me and that I was trapped in this body that looked perfectly fine to everybody but in actual fact that I was extremely disabled" - Jon

Jon in the garden

Lisa and cows

" It's very hard for people to understand what you are going through until they're actually in your situation because it's really terrifying. You go shopping, just shopping is so simple to people that don't have social phobia but actually to someone that does it's the biggest biggest task. It used to wear me out. I used to go and do it and come home and I'd be exhausted. A headache, cigarette after cigarette, cups of coffee. Just horrible" - Lisa

"Well social phobia is an anxiety of social interaction, a fear of social interaction which can be a fear that you are going to do or say something embarrassing, a fear that you are going to look anxious, but the underlying fear is really that somebody is going to think something bad of you all righ? We call it the fear of negative evaluation." - Dr Lisa Lampe, consultant psychiatrist

Dr Lampe

"Probably the most popular treatments would be what we would broadly call cognitive behavioural treatments... The best way to think of them is very practical or commonsense treatments" - Professor Ron Rapee, Professor of Psychology, Macquarie University.

"The first step in just about any treatment program really would be to learn to get a better idea of your own anxiety, to get some more insight... and that's why the forms are useful because they do point out the sorts of things you should be looking for. With the Social Situations Record the main idea is to get a better feeling for the way you typically react in situations." - Professor Ron Rapee

"I suppose the major thrust of it is being able to challenge the way that you think about various issues and to tie that thinking up with evidence so that you are able to get a grip on your fears and on your emotions through your thinking process, and I've found the best way to do that is to initially start with a form such as this one." - Eric explaining the Realistic Thinking Record

"My goal tonight is to get in the door, join the dance and stay for about half an hour... I feel reasonably confident at this point in time that I can do that. And then I just have to keep on doing that. It's not a case of doing it once or twice or three times, it's a case of just continuously doing it for however long it takes for me to feel confident in that sort of environment." - Jon on his way to a dance

"Because of the problems that are associated with tranquiliser medications, like the benzodiazopines I'm talking about principally, they would not be anybody's suggested first line of treatment now... Antidepressants have been shown to be quite effective. They've been shown to help people feel much more in control of their anxiety, and to be able to go out and do the things that they had previously been avoiding. The drawback with the medication is that studies so far seem to suggest that it only works as long as you take it. And I think that's a real problem because it doesn't appear that you could say take it for a year and you'd be over it. Unfortunately there is a very high relapse rate when the medication is discontinued." - Dr Lisa Lampe

"Don't think you are going insane because you are not. There are a lot of people out there with social phobia and you can get better. You will get better because I did and everyone else in my group did too. So there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Social phobia is not a deadly disease. You can get better from it." - Lisa

"I believed for fifty years almost that I would never recover, and in the last four months I now believe that I will recover and...certainly do everything in the world that I ever wanted to do because I see a world out there which is unavailable to me, which is friends, relationships, social life, and I've got a sufficient taste of it now to know that it is possible. Whatever happens, whatever negative things happen, whatever setbacks I have, my spirit to get out there and get into it is much stronger. I will recover. I am determined to recover." - Jon