What are the treatment approaches for social anxiety disorder (social phobia?

Updated: Mar 27, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are useful in treating social phobia. Self-exposure monotherapy is recommended for this phobia, as it has been shown to work as well as computerized-based exposure training, clinician-led exposure, or combinations therapies of self-exposure and CBT/self-help manual. [58]

A systematic review of self-help interventions for psychiatric disorders suggests this appears to be an effective way of treating individuals diagnosed with social phobia and panic disorder. The addition of clinician support and the presentation of multimedia or web-based self-help materials improved treatment outcome. Further research is needed to determine the cost-effectiveness and acceptability of these methods. [59]


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