Anxiety disorders: clinical practice guidelines and associated resources

Clinical practice guideline for the treatment of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder (2018) [PDF; 1.7MB]
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.

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