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Efficacy of Psychological and Psychiatric Treatments and Potential Predictors in Social Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Despite significant evidence for the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Mood and Anxiety Disorders, many patients experience partial recovery and others refuse treatment or drop out. Many variables have been identified that may improve efficacy of this type of treatment such as predictors of poor response, such as comorbid psychopathology, lack of adherence to treatment, patient motivation, severity of symptoms, age at onset, insight into symptomology, behavior management skills, family accommodation, therapist competence and type of interview, clinical correlates (anxiety, depression), and so on.

Other studies focus on modifying effective treatments to tailor them to the characteristics of each single patient. On the other hand, combining standard effective treatments with other treatments of different theoretical orientation may help to improve the efficacy of interventions. The latter is a promising line needing further research.

The aim of this Research Topic is to assess all variables related to patient, treatment, therapist and context that may lead to a greater efficacy of psychological treatments in social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

We welcome articles in the area of psychology, psychiatry, educational, neuroscience, biomedical research. We encourage researchers and clinicians to share studies on all aspects to take into account for a treatment to be effective in a specific patient.
The article types include Original empirical research, Systematics Review, Meta-analysis and Opinion Articles investigating future directions.

We welcome studies related (but not limited) to the following topics:

• Patient and therapist variables that can affect the efficacy of results;
• Adaptations of interventions to patients with difficulties in accessing treatment;
• Studies assessing predictors of poor outcome in the treatment of social anxiety and OCD;
• Studies on improving the effectiveness of therapies in treatment-resistant patients affected by social anxiety and OCD.


Keywords: OCD, anxiety, treatment, diagnosis


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Despite significant evidence for the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Mood and Anxiety Disorders, many patients experience partial recovery and others refuse treatment or drop out. Many variables have been identified that may improve efficacy of this type of treatment such as predictors of poor response, such as comorbid psychopathology, lack of adherence to treatment, patient motivation, severity of symptoms, age at onset, insight into symptomology, behavior management skills, family accommodation, therapist competence and type of interview, clinical correlates (anxiety, depression), and so on.

Other studies focus on modifying effective treatments to tailor them to the characteristics of each single patient. On the other hand, combining standard effective treatments with other treatments of different theoretical orientation may help to improve the efficacy of interventions. The latter is a promising line needing further research.

The aim of this Research Topic is to assess all variables related to patient, treatment, therapist and context that may lead to a greater efficacy of psychological treatments in social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

We welcome articles in the area of psychology, psychiatry, educational, neuroscience, biomedical research. We encourage researchers and clinicians to share studies on all aspects to take into account for a treatment to be effective in a specific patient.
The article types include Original empirical research, Systematics Review, Meta-analysis and Opinion Articles investigating future directions.

We welcome studies related (but not limited) to the following topics:

• Patient and therapist variables that can affect the efficacy of results;
• Adaptations of interventions to patients with difficulties in accessing treatment;
• Studies assessing predictors of poor outcome in the treatment of social anxiety and OCD;
• Studies on improving the effectiveness of therapies in treatment-resistant patients affected by social anxiety and OCD.


Keywords: OCD, anxiety, treatment, diagnosis


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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08 March 2021 Abstract
08 July 2021 Manuscript

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08 July 2021 Manuscript

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