Study finds that talking therapy is better than pills for treating social anxiety

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Study finds that talking therapy is better than pills for treating social anxiety disorder (SAD)

Talking therapy is more effective than pills in treating social anxiety disorder, a study has found.

Social phobia/anxiety is a persistent fear of social situations.  It is one of the most common anxiety disorders.

Social Anxiety  | Social Phobia | Talking Therapy | Counsellor | Psychotherapist | ManchesterA review of 101 clinical trials found talking therapies were more effective and more long lasting than medication.

Medication should be used only when psychological treatments are turned down, said the UK/US team behind the study in The Lancet Psychiatry.

Social anxiety is more than just shyness,” said Dr Evan Mayo-Wilson, of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a co-researcher on the study.

“The good news from our study is that social anxiety is treatable. Now that we know what works best, we need to improve access to psychotherapy for those who are suffering.”

The study, involving more than 13,000 participants, compared different types of psychological therapy with medications such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines….

Read the rest of the BBC article here:


Study finds that talking therapy is better than pills for treating social anxiety

Article originally posted on BBC News Health – 26 September 2014 00:49

Websites Related to Social Anxiety and Social Phobia:

  1. Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) – NHS Choices
  2. Shyness and Social Anxiety – Moodjuice Self-help Guide
  3. Social Phobia/Anxiety Treatment in Manchester
  4. Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS – SR) – Liebowitz Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) Test


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Original article: Published on the BBC News website.  Accessed 26 September 2014.  Study finds that talking therapy is better than pills for treating social anxiety.

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