At Stanford University, we are starting another large treatment study for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) that will run from August of 2011 to June of 2015. We are offering free treatment in the form of group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or group Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to people with SAD. Eligible participants are expected to do behavioral and fMRI assessments pre and post treatment (8 hr. assessment) and commit to a year of follow-up contact. Participants will be randomly assigned to one treatment or another.
The following are eligibility requirements: primary SAD, 21-55, right-handed, no current psychotropic medication, no schizophrenia, no bipolar disorder, no substance dependence, no claustrophobia, no metal in body, no more than 8 sessions of CBT for SAD, and no regular current meditation practice.
To screen people for social anxiety, the following 3 questions work very well. Have the client rate how much he/she has been bothered by the items below during the PAST WEEK on a scale of 0 to 4.
0=not at all bothered 1=a little bit bothered 2=somewhat bothered 3=very much bothered 4=extremely bothered
_____1. Being embarrassed or looking stupid are among my worst fears.
_____2. Fear of embarrassment causes me to avoid doing things or speaking to people.
_____3. I avoid activities in which I am the center of attention.
Scores of 6 or higher indicate probable social anxiety disorder.
If you know of people who have SAD, please have them contact:
Study Website: http://caan.stanford.edu/current_research.html