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John-Michaels, Counselor (LPC)
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I have problems with low mood and social anxiety at work and

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i have problems with low mood and social anxiety at work and some social settings, when i was a young child or infant my mother deveolped chronic depression which stay with her.
JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that seems to make the symptoms better or worse?
Customer: i do not have any friends , for many years, i recall looking back and seeing me fairly withdrawl
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Psychologist should know?
Customer: i do not think so , i am married and have a son , who is 9,
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  John-Michaels replied 3 months ago.
How well do you get along with your spouse and child?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
We get on ok , i feel i spend a lot of my time telling him what to do going to bed , getting ready for school, he shouts at me and i shout at him sometimes , i toil him he will not get his own way by shouting at me i do homework with him , i feel our reltionship is a bit distance , he spends a lot of time watching T.V i do suggest he does other things
he does confide in me sometimes, i hope i am giving him the social skill he needs
Expert:  John-Michaels replied 3 months ago.
It looks to me that you social anxiety is not causing you that much distress. At least it seems as if you are parenting fairly well. If I have misread and you doexperience sone distressbecause of your social anxiety, take it on one step at a time. Determine a small step you can take socially and tackle that. Don't try to do too much too quick. Maybe just go to a small event with a friend or your spouse. I could probably offer you loiters on your son, but that wasn't your question. All in all, you seem to be doing a decent job as a parent. That is the most important task you have.