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INTRODUCTION This is a study to see the effect of paxil (paroxetine) on two groups of volunteer subjects that were diagnosed with social phobia. Social phobia or anxiety disorder is a major fear of being embarrassed in a social settings or performance situation The condition is characterized by chronic, exaggerated tension and worry that interferes with daily functioning for at least six months.

Suffers feel that their being observed and evaluated by others. Many research studies have been done to measure the effect of paxi l(paroxetine) on those suffering social phobia.

Paxil is a selective seratonin reuptake that helps correct the chemical imbalance that associated with social anxiety.

In this research I predict that paxil's effectiveness lies in subjects belief in the treatment, that the drug gives them the illusion and the confidence to overcome their anxieties.

METHOD In this experiment sixteen weeks are given as a period of trial.

Hundred-eighty patients suffering from socially anxiety disorder, ages ranging between 20-60 years old, with the average age being 40, are put into three different groups. The control group (consisting of 60 subjects.) One group of sixty sudjects are given vitamin tablets but they are made to believe that it is a drug for treating their condition.

The subject are observed and assessed on the level of their fear, avoidance of performance in a social situation. Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS). A questionnaire that lists many of the situations and events that casuses anxiety, and measure the level of anxiety and avoidence of subjects. Patients also keep a daily diary describing how they are feeling.

This method is non-experimental approach. The subjects self report, and performance on social anxiety test is what provides the data.

RESULTS For those patients who were in the control group, their level of anxiety remained the...