A 2-year follow-up of social phobia. Status after a brief medication trial.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Although social phobia is thought to be a chronic disorder, little is known about its long-term course in patients who engage in brief treatment studies. We, therefore, conducted a follow-up study of social phobics who had participated in a brief, placebo-controlled treatment trial of clonazepam. Of the original 75 subjects, 56 were assessed through telephone interview and self-report questionnaires that evaluated current social phobia symptoms. Information was also gathered about treatment received in the 2-year interval since the initial pharmacotherapy trial. The group as a whole showed maintenance of the gains acquired during initial treatment. On a number of symptom scales, subjects initially treated with clonazepam exhibited significantly less severe scores compared with placebo subjects. This study provides evidence of long-term benefit for social phobics when treated with a brief medication trial.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sutherland, SM; Tupler, LA; Colket, JT; Davidson, JR

Published Date

  • December 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 184 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 731 - 738

PubMed ID

  • 8994456

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3018

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00005053-199612000-00003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States