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Treatment-Resistant Social Anxiety Disorder 

Treatment-Resistant Social Anxiety Disorder
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Treatment-Resistant Social Anxiety Disorder
Author(s):

Eric Bui

and Mark H. Pollack

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739981.003.0007
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date: 25 November 2017

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is characterized by a persistent fear of being embarrassed or humiliated in social or performance situations leading to marked impairment and distress. It is estimated that around 12% of the US population suffers from this condition. Although advances in the treatment of SAD have provided effective treatment options, it has been reported that only one half to two thirds of patients respond to a first line of treatment. This present chapter reviews the current knowledge on SAD and evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and other medications. Treatment options for managing treatment-resistant SAD, including optimization of first-line pharmacotherapy, switching, and augmentation, will also be discussed.

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