Anxiety disorders: CPG and associated resources
Clinical guideline Last updated: Jun 2018 Published in Australia
Guidance on the clinical management of anxiety disorders, specifically focusing on diagnosis and treatment strategies.
Key practice points
- These guidelines provide evidence-based and consensus-based recommendations for the treatment of adults with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder.
- Consensus-based recommendations were made where there was insufficient high quality evidence to allow specific recommendations for one treatment over another.
- Initial treatment should be selected in collaboration with the patient from evidence-based options, taking into account symptom severity, patient preference, accessibility and cost.
- Recommended initial treatment options for all three anxiety disorders are:
- cognitive–behavioural therapy (face-to-face or delivered by computer, tablet or smart-phone application)
- pharmacotherapy (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor or serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor together with advice about graded exposure to anxiety triggers)
- combination of cognitive–behavioural therapy and pharmacotherapy.