In Brief: Weighing psychotherapy options for social anxiety disorder

Published: November, 2011

Social anxiety disorder is sometimes dismissed as a severe case of "shyness," but this crippling disorder can interfere with work, school, and relationships. Multiple studies have concluded that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps many people manage social anxiety disorder, but little evidence exists about the efficacy of other types of psychotherapy.

Now a randomized controlled trial that compared CBT with interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) has concluded that both are effective treatments for social anxiety disorder, but that more people respond to CBT.

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