What is it about?
A Japanese study group clarified that cognitive therapy maintained its effects more than a year after the end of therapy for patients with a social anxiety disorder (SAD) even for those who did not respond to antidepressant drugs.
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Why is it important?
Although antidepressants are an effective treatment commonly used for SAD, some patients fail to remit following these drugs. However, no standard approach has been established for treating such patients. In 2016, Yoshinaga and Shimizu's study group conducted a clinical trial and reported short-term effectiveness of cognitive therapy for patients with SAD who were refractory to antidepressants (Yoshinaga et al., 2016 [10.1159/000444221]). However, it was still unknown whether the patients could maintain cognitive therapy's effect in the long run.
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This page is a summary of: Long-Term Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy for Refractory Social Anxiety Disorder: One-Year Follow-Up of a Randomized Controlled Trial, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, May 2019, Karger Publishers, DOI: 10.1159/000500108.
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