Social anxiety disorder and specific phobias

Michelle A. Blackmore, Brigette A. Erwin, Richard G. Heimberg, Leanne Magee and David M. Fresco

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI:
Social anxiety disorder and specific phobias

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As our classification systems have been refined, we have come to view social anxiety disorder (social phobia) and specific phobias as distinct disorders, with divergent patterns of prevalence, aetiology, and course. Moreover, treatments for these disorders have become increasingly sophisticated. This chapter presents an overview of the current state of the field with regard to social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.

Chapter.  10540 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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