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Social anxiety disorder: SSRI vs. placebo
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is characterized by fear and avoidance of social interactions and situations in which an individual is being the focus of attention. This current thesis aims to examine the efficacy of pharmacological treatment, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in individuals with a generalized social anxiety disorder (gSAD) in comparison with placebo (no active medication). In this systematic review, Scopus and Web of Science were searched for relevant research regarding the efficacy of the SSRI medication (paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine and escitalopram) in comparison with placebo. Sixteen articles were included in this analysis. Results demonstrated that SSRI medication has greater efficacy in comparison with placebo both in short- and long-term time, prevent relapse in the long-term treatment of SAD and had a beneficial effect on different areas of individuals life's such as work, performance, romantic relationships etc.

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2021. , p. [24]
Keywords [en]
SSRI, placebo, social anxiety disorder, generalized SAD, efficacy
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Neurosciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-20230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-20230DiVA, id: diva2:1579407
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Cognitive Neuroscience - Applied Positive Psychology
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Available from: 2021-07-09 Created: 2021-07-09 Last updated: 2021-07-09Bibliographically approved

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