Open trial of interpersonal psychotherapy for the treatment of social phobia

Joshua D. Lipsitz, John C. Markowitz, Sabrina Cherry, Abby J. Fyer

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Objective: Interpersonal psychotherapy is a time-limited treatment initially developed to treat depression. It has not been studied for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Method: Interpersonal psychotherapy was modified and tested in a 14-week, open trial of nine patients with DSM-IV social phobia. Results: At termination, seven (78%) were independently rated as much or very much improved on overall social phobia symptoms. Nearly all clinician ratings and self-ratings of social phobia symptoms significantly improved. Changes approximated those of established treatments for social phobia. Conclusions: Interpersonal psychotherapy may have efficacy for the treatment of social phobia. Further study in a comparison trial is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1814-1816
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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