Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: by Stefan G. Hofmann, Michael W. Otto

By Stefan G. Hofmann, Michael W. Otto

Social phobia, or social anxiousness illness, is one of the most typical (and debilitating) of the nervousness issues, and at any given time it results someplace among three and five% of the united states inhabitants, with related records present in international locations world wide. Cognitive-Behavioral remedy (CBT) has been tested to be the simplest kind of remedy for social phobia, yet study has proven that traditional CBT rules and basic interventions fall wanting the mark. With this in brain, Hofmann and Otto have composed an geared up remedy method that incorporates particularly designed interventions to bolster the appropriate CBT concepts. This quantity builds upon empirical study to deal with the psychopathology and heterogeneity of social phobia, making a sequence of particular interventions with various case examples.

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Treatment drop outs are generally low and not systematically associated with any patient variables (Hofmann & Suvak, 2006). 5-hour sessions to groups consisting of 4 to 6 participants. , 1998). After 12 weeks, both the phenelzine (65%) and the CBGT conditions (58%) had higher proportions of responders than the pill placebo (33%) or ESGT (27%), which served as a psychotherapy placebo condition. indb 20 3/21/08 12:00:22 PM Characterizing Social Anxiety Disorder 21 in these conditions were modest.

Just Do It! In the most straightforward terms, treatment is designed to provide patients with a systematic set of opportunities to learn that social situations are not as threatening, social errors are not as dire, and social performance deficits are not as unyielding as anticipated. And, session by session, it is the therapist’s task to construct these opportunities for learning, while attending to the myriad ways in which patients have difficulties allowing themselves the freedom to learn new patterns.

Indeed, because the patient is only guessing at evaluations from others, the belief of what others think is of course a reflection of what the person thinks of her/himself. Therefore, changing self-perception will also change the assignment of beliefs to others. indb 36 3/21/08 12:01:12 PM Overall Description of Treatment Strategy 37 situation. This is easier said than done. However, our experience is that treatment can enhance self-perception by specifically targeting self-critical statements.

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