Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-Based and Disorder-Specific Treatment Techniques

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-Based and Disorder-Specific Treatment Techniques

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-Based and Disorder-Specific Treatment Techniques

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-Based and Disorder-Specific Treatment Techniques

Synopsis

Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, is among the most common (and debilitating) of the anxiety disorders, and at any given time it effects somewhere between 3 and 5% of the US population, with similar statistics found in countries around the world. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to be the most effective form of treatment for social phobia, but research has shown that conventional CBT principles and general interventions fall short of the mark. With this in mind, Hofmann and Otto have composed an organized treatment approach that includes specifically designed interventions to strengthen the relevant CBT strategies. This volume builds upon empirical research to address the psychopathology and heterogeneity of social phobia, creating a series of specific interventions with numerous case examples.

Excerpt

Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is one of the most common mental disorders in the population. During the past two decades, an enormous amount of research has been conducted that has led to effective treatment strategies for this debilitating disorder. This book describes many of these techniques.

We wrote this book with a number of readers and applications in mind. First and foremost, this book is designed for clinicians with basic knowledge in cognitive behavioral therapy who want to increase or establish their skills for treating SAD. For this purpose, we have provided a wealth of detail on the nature of SAD, with attention to core maintaining factors and common clinical presentations (chapter 1). In chapter 2, we provide an overview of the principles of treatment that inform the specific interventions discussed in chapter 3. We discuss the research basis of these principles in chapter 4. Attention to these principles of treatment will help clinicians adapt interventions to the needs of individual patients (chapter 5). Some of these variations on the theme of treatment are captured in chapter 6 where complicating factors in treatment are discussed. General issues in the close of treatment and in enhancing relapse prevention are discussed in chapter 7. Nonetheless, we also provide enough information on a structured format for therapy and examples of that therapy in action in chapter 5, so that clinicians will never be without guidance on a state-of-the-art approach to treating SAD.

In addition to the primary application of this book as a treatment guide, we have provided reader the intervention strategies discussed in the book, and together this combination of empirical . . .

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