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Phenomenology and neurobiology of social phobia: comparison with panic disorder.

Authors
  • Uhde, T W
  • Tancer, M E
  • Black, B
  • Brown, T M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of clinical psychiatry
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1991
Volume
52 Suppl
Pages
31–40
Identifiers
PMID: 1757454
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Like panic disorder, social phobia is a common, frequently severe, anxiety disorder that can cause significant work and social impairment. Unlike panic disorder, social phobia has only recently begun to undergo neurobiologic study and to receive pharmacotherapeutic attention. There is a high comorbidity between social phobia and panic disorder; however, many differences exist--including age at onset, gender distribution, contextual framework of anxiety, help-seeking and help-avoidance behavior, quality of sleep and sleep patterns, caffeine and lactate sensitivity, and, most probably, pharmacologic responses. Social phobia can now be included among the growing number of anxiety disorders that respond to pharmacotherapy.

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