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Social Phobia

Clinical and Research Perspectives

Edited by Murray B. Stein, M.D.

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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

Social Phobia: Clinical and Research Perspectives is an outstanding contribution to modern American psychiatry. This volume will be of great interest as a practical guide for all mental health clinicians working with these patients, and is also a cutting-edge update on research for psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuroscientists. Social phobia as a field has come a long way in recent years, and Dr. Stein's contribution is sure to solidify progress in this field.—Eric Hollander, M.D., Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman, Psychiatry, Director, Clinical Psychopharmacology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Reading Dr. Stein's ambitious and comprehensive text brings to light just how much good data is available about social phobia, a neglected but serious and treatable disorder, and how critical it is for health professionals to have access to this information. This book should be a part of every mental health professional's library.—Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W., President, Anxiety Disorders Association of America

This is a very well-organized, thoroughly researched, comprehensive review of social phobia: a poorly understood, underdiagnosed, and inadequately treated anxiety disorder with often devastating psychosocial dysfunction. It is a highly recommended addition to the library of any researcher studying the anxiety disorders or any clinician needing a review of social phobia for the purposes of improved recognition and treatment.—Doody's Journal

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