Novel therapy offers new hope for social anxiety
Group therapy targeting negative mental images of oneself and others helpful to social anxiety sufferers.
Group therapy targeting negative mental images of oneself and others helpful to social anxiety sufferers.By Elizabeth Rogers Faculty of Arts
People with social anxiety disorder benefit greatly from group therapy that targets the negative mental images they have of themselves and others, according to a study at the University of Waterloo.
Called “imagery-enhanced” cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the new group treatment helps relieve symptoms including social performance and interaction anxiety, depression and stress.
More than four million Canadians will develop social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Without treatment, the disorder can impair people’s functioning at school, work and relationships.
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