Current Status of Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Social Phobia
J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62(suppl 1):36-42
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Psychotherapeutic interventions, especially the cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies, have been
well studied as treatments for social phobia. The purposes of this article are to (1) enumerate and describe
the varieties of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that have been applied to the treatment of
social phobia, (2) provide a meta-analytic overview of the efficacy of these approaches, (3) examine
the relative utility of CBT versus that of pharmacotherapy for social phobia, (4) examine the potential
utility of multidisciplinary approaches to treatment, and (5) discuss possible future directions in the
development of psychotherapeutic strategies for the treatment of social phobia, including the use of
computers as adjunctive tools.