July 1985

Social PhobiaReview of a Neglected Anxiety Disorder

Author Affiliations

From the Anxiety Disorders Clinic (Drs Liebowitz, Fyer, and Gorman) and Department of Therapeutics (Dr Klein), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (Drs Liebowitz, Gorman, Fyer, and Klein), New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1985;42(7):729-736. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790300097013

• While other anxiety disorders have recently become the subjects of increasing investigation, social phobia remains, except among behavior therapists, relatively unstudied. As a result, major uncertainties exist concerning classification, prevalence, severity, etiology, assessment, and treatment of social phobia. Existing findings do suggest that in its own right and as a comparison for other anxiety disorders, social phobia should prove a fertile area for psychobiological and clinical investigation.