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  1. Abstract
  2. The symptoms of social phobia
  3. Social phobia and mental illnesses
  4. Cognitive behavioral therapy
    1. Relief from social phobia
    2. Identifying the patient's exact maladaptive schemas and behaviors
  5. Common cognitive behavioral treatments
  6. Relapse prevention
  7. Studies that examined social phobia and treatments
  8. Conclusion
  9. Works cited

Social-phobia has affected how many people live their lives. Social phobia is a serious mental disease, but it is not difficult to diagnose or treat. Many theories and therapies have been used to treat social phobia. But one of the most affective and commonly used therapies is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Patients learn to address the thoughts and behaviors that lead them to engage in maladaptive behavior. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has a high success rate and many patients go on to live happy healthy lives.

Currently 5 to 10 percent of the population suffers from phobia. In fact, it is one of the most common mental disorders. Phobias can be very destructive and many people experience anxiety and panic when they are confronted with, or anticipating their fears. Social phobia affects one's ability to function in social situations. Many people find it to be destructive and life altering.

[...] One of the problems social phobia patients face is changing their initial reactions when they are faced with intimidating social situations. They automatically think they will be embarrassed or judged. These automatic negative thoughts ultimately affect the patient's behavior. Doctors use ?Socratic questioning? to change their patient's belief systems. Soon patients realize the affects their thinking has on their actions (Grant, 2007). Common cognitive behavioral treatments include homework assignments, self- monitoring, exposure therapy, and relapse prevention (Grant, 2007). Homework assignments are a crucial part of cognitive behavioral therapy. [...]

[...] Over the years there have been many studies that examine both social phobia and treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy and REBT. Studies based around social phobia suggest several different therapeutic and medicinal treatments (Hollander, 2008). A recent study done in 2000 suggests that cognitive therapy, group therapy, and practice (like exposure therapy) are affective treatments of social phobia (Cottraux et al 2000). Another study compares cognitive behavioral therapy with ?psychoeducational-supportive control intervention? (Heimberg et al., 1990). Again cognitive-behavioral therapy was more affective. [...]

[...] Patients with social phobia are able to conquer their fears with the help of this innovative treatment, giving them a chance to live life without social phobia holding them back. Works Cited 1. Barlow, D. H., & Liebowitz, M. R. (1995). Specific phobia and social phobia. In H. I. Kaplan, & J. B. Sadock (Eds.), Comprehensive textbook of psychiatry/VI (pp. 1204-1217). London: Williams & Wilkins Froggatt, Wayne. (2005). Rational Emotive Behavior DeRubeis, R., Grant, P., & Young, P. (2007). Cognitive and behavioral therapies. [...]

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