Social Phobia: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010 12:01 PM

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Temporary feelings of nervousness and shyness are absolutely normal and healthy. However, when people get overly self-conscious and exhibit symptoms of social anxiety disorder that include nervousness, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and a queasy stomach, it means that they may be in need of treatment for social phobia. Social phobia treatment may include both medication therapy and behavioral therapy. For best results, a combination of both is used.

It has been found that treatment for social anxiety disorder using a specific hormone can alleviate many of the symptoms associated with the disorder. The hormone, oxytocin, is known to play a major role in helping people afflicted with social anxiety disorder. Depression and social phobia can be dealt with using this female hormone that relaxes the body and is found exclusively in mammals. Though more research is needed in the field, this has been one of the biggest social phobia breakthroughs in recent times.

Research and behavioral tests were conducted on groups of students and on patients suffering from social anxiety disorder. The results of the research revealed that people exhibited symptoms even during relatively stress-free situations like giving a class presentation or taking someone on a first date. This study recommends close and in-depth analysis of the signs and symptoms of depression and social phobia to address it in its early stages. This is a major breakthrough in the treatment of social phobia that may help in future prevention of this disorder.

Social phobia research indicates that social anxiety disorder begins with extreme nervousness that results in difficulty making eye contact, healthy chatting, carrying on with coffee table conversations, and meeting people.

A recent research paper provides evidence that other health problems and physical discomfort can be responsible for about 90 percent of psychological problems like social anxiety and social anxiety disorder. This is another social phobia breakthrough that offers a new perspective on understanding the causes.

New techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy are also extremely effective in dealing with depression and social phobia. Systematic desensitization is one new type of research that has been suitably applied to real-life situations with great success in helping people to not only cope, but also overcome, depression and social phobia and undergo successful social phobia treatment.

Another social phobia breakthrough is that the use of new antidepressant medications are found to be extremely effective. Patients who had dealt with social isolation and loneliness were tested as subjects during the research studies. Drug-based treatment was found to work well on them.
 
Although there may not be an imminent cure for social phobia disorder, these breakthroughs may pave the way to that end.

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