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Recognition, assessment and treatment of social anxiety disorder: summary of NICE guidance

Pilling, S., Mayo-Wilson, E., Mavranezouli, I., Kew, K. M., Taylor, C., Clark, D. M., Afgan, S., Anigbogu, B., Armstrong, P., Bennett, M., Cartwright-Hatton, S., Creswell, C., Dix, M., Hanlon, N., Leggett, K., Malizia, A. L., Roberts, J., Satrettin, K., Stephens, G., Stockton, S. and Stopa, L. (2013) Recognition, assessment and treatment of social anxiety disorder: summary of NICE guidance. British Medical Journal, 346. f2541. ISSN 1468-5833

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1136/bmj.f2541

Abstract/Summary

Social anxiety disorder is one of the most persistent and common of the anxiety disorders, with lifetime prevalence rates in Europe of 6.7% (range 3.9-13.7%).1 It often coexists with depression, substance use disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.2 It can severely impair a person’s daily functioning by impeding the formation of relationships, reducing quality of life, and negatively affecting performance at work or school. Despite this, and the fact that effective treatments exist, only about half of people with this condition seek treatment, many after waiting 10-15 years.3 Although about 40% of those who develop the condition in childhood or adolescence recover before adulthood,4 for many the disorder persists into adulthood, with the chance of spontaneous recovery then limited compared with other mental health problems. This article summarises the most recent recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on recognising, assessing, and treating social anxiety disorder in children, young people, and adults.5

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Development
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY)
ID Code:40688
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group Ltd

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