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Oxford study finds best way to treat social anxiety

first_imgA study published in The Lancet has found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a psychological intervention, is the most effective type of therapy for social anxiety. However, although the report found that people generally respond well to CBT treatment, it also highlighted that some sufferers continued to experience symptoms after ending treatment.The study compared a range of psychological, pharmacological and self-help interventions to come to the conclusion, looking at 101 trials and 13,164 adult participants who suffer from severe social anxiety.  The study was led by Evan Mayo-Wilson, from Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention.Mayo-Wilsonsaid that “the good news from our study is that social anxiety is treatable. Now that we know what works best, we need to improve access to psychotherapy for those who are suffering.”Social anxiety disorder is often characterized by intense fear of everyday activities such as meeting strangers, speaking in a group, or eating and drinking in public. Social anxiety can severely affect sufferers’ everyday lives, and some may experience panic attacks. It can also be linked with other mental health disorders, with around 20% of adults with depression also suffering from social anxiety.Social anxiety is thought to affect approximately 10% of University students in the UK. Previous studies conducted in previous years have suggested that social anxiety may increase the risk of a student performing poorly in exams, failing to graduate, or dropping out of University. It is often considered to be a reason for some sufferers’ excessive use of alcohol or drugs. Social anxiety is naturally unremitting, and so in most cases needs treatment. Chris Pike, OUSU Vice-President for Welfare & Equal Opportunities, commented on the findings that “this study is very interesting and it’s great to hear research being done into supporting those with anxiety. It’s important to bear in mind that everyone with anxiety is different and requires different support; I myself have anxiety but did not find CBT particularly useful, instead going down the root of medication and counselling. I hope everyone who is feeling anxious, even if it just seems small, feels they can get the support they need and deserve.”CBT is a psychological intervention, or ‘talking therapy’, where the sufferer is helped to identify unhelpful thought processes and behavioural patterns, and with the help of a therapist begins to change the thoughts and behaviour to something more rational. NHS guidance already suggests that CBT is the most effective form of treatment, though many sufferers and charities claim that it is not offered to all those with the disorder.The study also found that for those who decline psychological therapies, the anti-depressant SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) is the most consistently beneficial form of treatment. However, SSRI sometimes has side effects which can have a negative effect on recovery.last_img read more

Basketball: Gidi Giants Win First Temple Jam Trophy

first_imgNigeria’s newest basketball club, Gidi Giants defeated Gombe Bulls 58-51 on Sunday night to lift the maiden Temple Jam Basketball Tournament. It turned out a game of fireworks, drama and entertainment.The Giants got off to the first shot and maintained the lead at 18-16 at the end of the first quarter. The Bulls soon recovered in the second quarter that saw the two sides scoring so lowly. Scores therefore stood at 23-23 at the end of the second quarter. The third quarter ended 42-39 in favour of the Giants but the fourth quarter took a while to resume as the Bulls protested what they termed poor officiating against them. The organizers intervened the disagreements over the technical issues were settled.When the match resumed it became fresh battle but the younger and more athletic Giants held their ground to win the match. Wisdom Anyaocha shot 17 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Bulls. Owen Oriakhu hit 13 points and six rebounds for the Gidi Giants while his teammate Victor Komonibo added 12 points.Owen Oriakhu of Gidi Giants was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The Highest Rebounder trophy went to Lucky Subel of Nigeria Potters; Joel Okpoku of Tema Youth, Ghana got the award for the Highest Assists while Ifeanyi Okoro of Oluyole Warriors won for the Highest Blocks.The Top players were listed as Ibeabuchi Agu (Gombe Bulls); Komonibo Victor (Gidi Giants); Okiki Afoape (Gidi Giants) and Toani Buhari (Anambra Flames).The jam-packed Teslim Balogun Stadium sports hall had the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and Nigeria’s business mogul, Tunde Folawiyo who is the Chairman of the Temple Management Company in attendance.And before the final match, Anambra Flames beat Niger Potters 88-83 in a well- contested third place game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more