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Management of panic disorder
and generalised anxiety disorder
in adults
Understanding NICE guidance ­ information for
people with panic disorder or generalised anxiety
disorder, their families and carers, and the public

In April 2007, NICE issued a new version of this information
to take account of some changes in the…

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Management of panic disorder and generalised anxiety disorder in
adults
Understanding NICE guidance ­ information for people with panic
disorder or generalised anxiety disorder, their families and carers,
and the public

Issue date: April 2007

To order copies
Copies of this booklet can be ordered from the NHS Response Line;…

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Contents
About this information 2
Clinical guidelines 3
What the recommendations cover 3
How guidelines are used in the NHS 5
If you want to read the other versions of 5
this guideline
About anxiety disorders 7
What you can expect if you have an 10
anxiety disorder
Panic disorder:…

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About this information
This information describes the guidance that
the National Institute for Health and Clinical
Excellence (called NICE for short) has issued to
the NHS on anxiety disorders. (There is more
about anxiety disorders on page 7.) It is based on
`Anxiety: management of anxiety (panic disorder,
with or…

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Clinical guidelines
Clinical guidelines are recommendations
for good practice. The guidelines produced by
NICE are prepared by groups of healthcare
professionals, patients and carers and their
representatives, and scientists. The groups look
at the evidence available on the best way of
treating or managing a condition and make
recommendations based…

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in adults in primary, secondary and community
care', which are described here, cover the care
of adults who have panic disorder (with or
without agoraphobia) or generalised anxiety
disorder. The recommendations address:

· diagnosis
· medication
· psychological treatments
· self-care.

The guideline does not cover the care of people…

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How guidelines are used in the NHS
In general, healthcare professionals working in
the NHS are expected to follow NICE's clinical
guidelines. But there will be times when the
recommendations will not be suitable for some
people for reasons including their specific
medical condition, their general health, their
wishes, or…

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· the quick reference guide, which is a summary
of the main recommendations in the NICE
guideline and has been issued to people
working in the NHS

· the full guideline, which contains all the
details of the guideline recommendations and
how they were developed, and information
about the evidence…

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About anxiety disorders
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry
or fear, and can be mild or severe. It can have
many causes, such as pressure of work or family
problems. Everyone feels anxious sometimes but
having an anxiety disorder means that someone
feels anxious at inappropriate times…

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There are a number of anxiety disorders that
can be difficult to distinguish from one another.
Those that are covered by this guideline are
panic disorder and generalised anxiety disorder.

· Panic disorder ­ people with panic disorder
sometimes feel panicky or anxious and may
make changes to their life…

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