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4 - Social anxiety disorder

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2010

Stefan Hofmann
Affiliation:
Boston University
Mark Reinecke
Affiliation:
Northwestern University, Illinois
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This chapter provides a combination of empirical evidence along with an emphasis on clinical skills and techniques for the treatment of social anxiety disorder. Individuals with social anxiety disorder may experience anxiety and/or avoidance of a variety of social situations, including parties, and public speaking. Although there have been a multitude of studies of the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies for social anxiety disorder, this chapter focuses on the combination of exposure and cognitive techniques. Social anxiety disorder is a debilitating disorder that follows a chronic course. Inclusion of a clinical case gives a flavor for the types of clients with social anxiety disorder treated in clinic, although these clients cover a wide spectrum of severity and impairment. The chapter highlights certain key areas in the treatment protocol in which the therapist makes decisions based on empirical evidence and to a great extent on their clinical skills and experience.
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Cognitive-behavioral Therapy with Adults
A Guide to Empirically-informed Assessment and Intervention
, pp. 44 - 59
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2010

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