In this book internationally renowned contributors fill a critical gap in the literature by providing an overview of current work in the diagnosis assessment and treatment of social phobia the third most common psychiatric disorder. A leader in studies of the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders he has played a key role in bringing attention to the problems experienced by persons with social phobia dr liebowitz also chaired the work groups that developed the dsm iv diagnostic criteria for the anxiety disorders. Debra a hope phd is associate professor of psychology at the university of nebraska lincoln and director of the psychological consultation center she has published widely on the assessment and treatment of social phobia social skills social anxiety in schizophrenia and the process and efficacy of psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral treatment cbt for social phobia is an effective treatment for many patients but some patients do not benefit from the treatments and many remain symptomatic therefore researchers have been examining techniques that may improve treatment outcome in this paper recent psychopathology and treatment outcome research much of which supports the expectation that a second . Semi structured interviews assist with differential diagnosis and evaluation of comorbid conditions elements important to the assessment of social phobia because fears of social evaluation often co occur with features such as agoraphobic avoidance panic attacks social withdrawal rumination and dysthymia
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