[Biology of social phobia]

Encephale. 1999 Jul-Aug;25(4):345-52.
[Article in French]


Until recently, social phobia had not been extensively investigated. Social phobia is a relatively common anxiety disorder and a number of studies reporting efficacy in treatment medication have been reported. Biological studies have used neuroendocrine, naturalistic and chemical challenges, pharmacological probes, neurotransmitter system measures, brain imaging techniques. In summary, these studies provide some neurobiological basis for separating social phobia from others anxiety disorders (specifically panic disorder) and non psychiatric healthy controls.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Humans
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / physiology*
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Phobic Disorders / drug therapy
  • Phobic Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use


  • Neurotransmitter Agents
  • Psychotropic Drugs