The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) announced the release of “Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): Always Embarrassed” in their continuing series of free e-booklets that demystify common psychological disorders. Included in this review is a link to download this 6-page, full color e-booklet in PDF format.
Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): Always Embarrassed explains what this disorder is, when it starts, how long it can last, and available treatments. As with most NIMH publications, there is an emphasis on pharmacotherapy approaches to treatment, particularly anti-depressant medication, but the author also discusses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and combined psychotherapy/medication options. Potential serious side effects of medication treatment receive adequate coverage.
In summary, social phobia is a brief, easy-to-read reference for people with social anxiety disorder who want to find out more about this disorder and its treatment from a reliable mental health resource with an emphasis on evidence-based information.
Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): Always Embarrassed (2010). The National Institute for Mental Health.