NICE anxiety disorder and panic disorder guideline


A summary of NICE's 3-step approach to the management of generalized anxiety disorder in adults, and principles of care for people with panic disorder.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterised by excessive anxiety that is difficult to control, or worry, tension and somatic symptoms impairing daily or social functioning. GAD affects 4.4% of adults in England with most people managed in primary care. GAD refers to a group of anxiety disorders including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, specific phobias and acute stress disorder. Presentations and daily impact of these conditions can vary, which should be considered when determining the most appropriate treatment for anxiety.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides recommendations for recognising anxiety disorders and selecting anxiety treatment that best suits the type of disorder, level of impairment and response to treatment.

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