anxiety therapyNew research suggests that individual cognitive-behavioral therapy may be more effective than pharmacotherapy and self-help interventions for treating adult patients with social anxiety disorder.

According to the lead author, Evan Mayo-Wilson, DPhil, “There’s a push in a lot of healthcare services to move towards a stepped-care model, where you’re trying to save money by doing therapy in groups. But we found that individual therapy was by far the most beneficial and worth the added cost. And compared with medication taken over a long period of time, talk therapy is actually more cost-effective.”

Given that anxiety is the number one problem for which people seek help, it’s especially important to treat it realistically and with methods that are personally empowering.

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