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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Social Anxiety Disorder: Current Concepts

Nurhan Fıstıkcı, Ali Keyvan, Evrim Erten, Şahut Duran, Mehmet Zihni Sungur.

Abstract
Cognitive behavioral therapy is still one of the most important treatment modalities in social anxiety disorder with a high level of evidence. However, some patients do not fully benefit from these therapies and this fact leads to ongoing search for new approaches. This paper reviews use of cognitive behavioral therapy in social anxiety disorder studies and discusses related updated concepts. The frequent use of computer-assisted therapy for most of recent studies was found noteworthy. Recent studies regarding social anxiety disorder focused on concepts such as attention bias, biased information processing, attention training, judgment biases, internet-based cognitive behavioral therapies and social mishap exposure. Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy seemed to be a good option for people who were unable to access face to face treatment.

Key words: Social anxiety disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy.


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