Social Anxiety Disorder: Treatment Targets and Strategies

While cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure-based therapy are the most empirically supported treatment for individuals with Social anxiety disorder, many patients do not achieve full symptom remission and others do not respond to treatment at all

Stefan G. Hofmann; Jacqueline Bullis; Cassidy Gutner

2013

Scholarcy highlights

  • While cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure-based therapy are the most empirically supported treatment for individuals with Social anxiety disorder, many patients do not achieve full symptom remission and others do not respond to treatment at all
  • SAD is a heterogeneous disorder with diverse symptom presentations, and as such, the maintenance factors may not be relevant for all patients with SAD
  • The efficacy of CBT can be improved by targeting cognitive factors that are intricately involved in maintaining the symptoms of SAD
  • The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy can be improved by targeting cognitive factors that are intricately involved in maintaining the symptoms of Social anxiety disorder

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