Efficacy Of Treatment For Social Phobia

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Review A couple of researchers at the Anxiety Disorders Research Center in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) examined weaknesses of CBT (Craske et al., 2014). Although CBT has been known for the most effective treatment for social phobia, not all patients show improvements after the treatment. Patients easily drop out during, or at the early stage of the treatment. Even patients who successfully finished the entire session tend to have a hard time continuing to use methods they learned and to maintain low level of anxiety, so the likelihood of reoccurrence exists. Therefore, alternative ways to solve these weaknesses are needed in order to develop the treatment itself and to provide the most matchable treatment method for each patient, according to the article by Craske et al. (2014). The goals of this study were to examine the efficacy of ACT compared to CBT and to find the intermediating risk factors of each treatment (Craske et al., 2014). The first hypothesis was that social anxiety disorder patients who have a moderate level of cognitive misappraisals will show better improvements if they received CBT compared to ACT. In addition, researchers hypothesized that patients who received CBT also will outperform patients receiving ACT when they have a high level of avoidance. Another hypothesis they chose to examine was that with a comorbid mood disorder, social anxiety disorder patients will show better outcomes with ACT than

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