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MULLER, Juliana de Lima; TRENTINI, Clarissa Marceli; ZANINI, Adriana Mokwa  and  LOPES, Fernanda Machado. Social Anxiety Disorder: a case study. Contextos Clínic [online]. 2015, vol.8, n.1, pp. 67-78. ISSN 1983-3482.

Social Anxiety Disorder is the most common anxiety disorder and it shows high prevalence rates, with significant functional impairment, requiring long-term therapeutic approaches in more severe cases. The aim of the present study is to describe a case study with cognitive-behavioral intervention without associated psychotropic treatment on a young adult male with this diagnosis. In the intervention, distributed in initial evaluation, intervention, final evaluation and follow up, DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and cognitive-behavioral techniques were used. In the initial evaluation the psychotherapist identified diffculties in several social situations, diffculties in writing the final paper of his college studies and in seeking desired job opportunities. Results obtained at the final evaluation and at the six months follow up indicated considerable improvement of the initial complaints, reduction of social anxiety, correction of incorrect beliefs, development of social skills and reduction of safety strategies and of inhibitory behaviors. It is important that more case studies with male individuals are carried out, enabling a better understanding of the treatment of patients with Social Anxiety Disorder through cognitive and behavioral techniques. Considering that several techniques have been indicated as important in the treatment of these patients, it is essential to consider them in clinical practice.

Keywords : Social Anxiety Disorder; treatment; cognitive-behavior therapy.

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