Talking Therapy Most Effective for Social Phobia

One of the most common anxiety disorders is social phobia; the persistent fear of social situations.

Following a review of 101 clinical trials it was reported that talking therapies were more effective and longer lasting than medication.

The Lancet Psychiatry team behind the study have suggested that medication should only be used after psychological treatments are turned down.

“Social anxiety is more than just shyness” said Dr Mayo-Wilson, a co-researcher in the study.

He continues to express that the good news from this study is that social anxiety is treatable. They now know what works best and it just now remains for the best way to improve access to psychotherapy for those who are suffering.

There were over 13,000 participants in the study and there was a comparison between different psychological therapies and medications, such as anti-depressants.

It was Cognitive Behaviour Therapy on a one-to-one basis which was the most effective. This type of talking therapy can help people manage their problems by changing the way they behave and think.