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Social Phobia

Clinical and Research Perspectives

Edited by Murray B. Stein, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-653-8
  • Item #8653


Social Phobia: Clinical and Research Perspectives is devoted to social phobia, a disorder finally receiving due attention. Each chapter author is an authority in the field and provides up-to-date reviews of his or her particular topic, illustrated by specific, detailed case examples. Diagnostic and measurement instruments important for research and clinical practice are also examined.

The book is devoted to etiology and treatment, including reviews of competing psychodynamic, behavioral, and neurological theories. Students and teachers will benefit from the incisive, concise critiques of treatment. Clinicians will find the state-of-the-art reviews of treatments invaluable. A how-to chapter on cognitive-behavioral group therapy is a unique element of the book.


    Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction.

    Phenomenology and Prevalence.

    Clinical phenomenology and comorbidity. Epidemiology. Personality function. Social anxiety in children and adolescents.

    Theory and Research.

    Heritability of social anxiety. Psychodynamic perspectives. Cognitive and behavioral aspects. Biological aspects.

    Assessment and Treatment.

    Assessment and measurement. Cognitive-behavioral group treatment: description, case presentation, and empirical support. ?-Blockers and benzodiazepines in pharmacotherapy. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and other antidepressants in pharmacotherapy. Epilogue. Index.

About the Authors

Murray B. Stein, M.D., is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program, University of California—San Diego, La Jolla, California. He has published more than 75 scientific articles or book chapters in the field of anxiety disorders.

In a very useful book, Dr. Stein has assembled a series of contributions, organized in three sections, that address the phenomenology and prevalence, etiology, and treatment of the variant of the ‘hell is other people’ experience known as social phobia.—American Journal of Psychiatry

[T]his book provides a comprehensive and practical guide for all mental health professionals who work with individuals suffering the disorder. It presents up-to-date research on the phenomenological, diagnostic, and epidemiological aspects of social phobia, as well as an eclectic section on theoretical issues. The book is well written, covers a variety of theoretical orientations, and will prove a valuable resource for clinicians in diagnosing and treating social phobia.—Readings: A Journal of Reviews & Commentary in Mental Health

This well-written and much needed text covers social phobia from both clinical and research perspectives. Overall, this is a valuable book for clinicians, authoritatively written and thoughtfully presented.—Psychiatric Times

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