Thursday, 18 June 2009

Social phobia and anxiety attacks - did they exist 100 years ago

Something which just crossed my mind and would point to whether phobias and social anxiety are genetic, chemical imbalances in the brain or socially determined could be exploring if such illnesses existed 50 or 100 years ago. all the more so in view of the fact that some 10% of the US population will suffer form this illness at sometime in their lives - that is a phenomenal figure!

In 1901 A French psychiatrist, Paul Hartenberg, published an interesting paper which seems to ahead of its in that it concurred with current day accepted theory of anxiaty disorders and phobias. is personal approach in therapy could be equated to what I touched upon on an earlier article on desensitivation and a behavoural approach.

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