Summary

Social anxiety is a problem of high prevalence, great chronicity, and substantial personal cost. It benefits most from exposure treatments, although there is some evidence that the use of cognitive restructuring techniques may enhance exposure outcomes. Treatment for clients with the generalized subtype of social anxiety disorder may be associated with poorer outcomes, despite a rate of improvement similar to that of clients with less pervasive fears, and these clients may require a longer course of treatment. There is limited evidence for the efficacy of social skills training, and there are differences among researchers regarding the central role of social skills deficits.

Pharmacological interventions may be associated with more rapid improvement but CBT may confer greater protection against relapse after treatment termination. Further controlled research studies are necessary for determining the efficacy of combined pharmacological and psychological treatments. These findings are tentative in light of the relatively short follow-up periods reported in the majority of studies. More intensive, controlled research into treatment outcome for socially anxious children and adolescents, as well as the elderly, is needed to address the different developmentally specific manifestations of social anxiety across the life span.

Getting to Know Anxiety

Getting to Know Anxiety

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