Social Phobia

Social Anxiety Disorder

According to the DSM-IV, Social Phobia is a marked or persistent fear of embarrassment or humiliation in one or more social or performance situations, in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others. The fear or avoidance is not better accounted by for by another disorder (Eg., Panic Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or Schizoid Personality Disorder). (DSM-IV)

There are several subtypes of social phobia, including. Generalized social phobia is referred to as GSP, but there are specific types as well.


The Institute treats social phobia using 'in vivo' exposures in Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, and will involve walking around the UCLA campus and/or Westwood area and seeking interactions with others. A cognitive component will be implemented through talk therapy and extensive writing exercises, and we may utilize other methods to customize treatment for the individual patient.

Source: Page 400, DSM-IV, Year 2005, American Psychiatric Association

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Dr. Gorbis' interview on Body Dysmorphic Disorder available to watch at!

Dr. Gorbis talks about Body Dysmorphic order, its successful treatment methods, and resources for therapists. Go there now.

Credentials verified by Psychology Today

verified by Psychology Today