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Danielle Balaghi
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
Michigan State University
Anxiety Doesn’t Work: Treatment Options for SAD

This case study tells the story of Mo, an individual with social anxiety disorder who seeks mental health treatment. The purpose of this case is not to have students diagnose the central figure, but rather to help students gain insight into one way in which social anxiety disorder may manifest in an individual, as well as to learn about and critically evaluate various treatment options. Students will explore five therapeutic approaches: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy (PDT), mindfulness-based therapy (MBT), benzodiazepines (BPs), and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The case takes about 75 minutes to run as a jigsaw activity, a cooperative method of learning in which students teach their peers. Depending on the level of the course and how in-depth the instructor wants students to explore the topics, this activity can be scaled for a variety of courses, ranging from introductory psychology courses to upper-level, undergraduate courses pertaining to the treatment of psychological disorders.