Information coming out of the National Institute of Health recommends behavioral therapy as the preferred treatment for social phobias. Which may seem surprising, as so many young and not-so-young folks suffering from social anxiety are given Prozac or other anti-depressants.
The Johns Hopkins’ lead researcher Dr. Evan Mayo-Wilson, D. Phil. found bigger effect sizes when he compared the results of CBT to the more common pharmacological intervention for patients presenting with social anxiety. Mayo-Wilson warns that “… drugs often stop working. With [cognitive behavioral therapy], you’re teaching people skills that they take with them after the therapy ends.”
The British national health service recommends Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as the “treatment of choice”, with prescription SSRI medication as the fallback.
For more detailed information, please see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_148598.html.
About the Author
Jenney Wilder M.S.Ed launched All Kinds of Therapy in 2015, as the only independent online directory for the Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare Industry. With an impressive case of ADHD and her starter career in the 90’s in Silicon Valley, the dream for creating a website with features like side-by-side comparison and an integrated newsletter was born. Jenney stopped counting treatment centers and all types of schools that she has visited when she hit 500 many years ago.
She was the sponsoring author of the only Economic Impact Study of the Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare Industry, which revealed the only true financial figures about this industry (in Utah).
Jenney has a Masters in Special Education from Bank Street College (NY) and a Bachelors of Arts focused on History from Wheaton College (MA).