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Society guideline links: Anxiety and anxiety disorders in adults

Society guideline links: Anxiety and anxiety disorders in adults

Introduction — This topic includes links to society and government-sponsored guidelines from selected countries and regions around the world. We will update these links periodically; newer versions of some guidelines may be available on each society's website. Some societies may require users to log in to access their guidelines.

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Links to related guidelines are provided separately. (See "Society guideline links: Anxiety and trauma-related disorders in children".)


World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP): Guidelines for treatment of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and posttraumatic stress disorders – Version 3. Part I: Anxiety disorders (2022)

World Health Organization (WHO): Guidelines for the management of conditions specifically related to stress (2013)

WHO: Guideline for pharmacological treatment of mental disorders in primary health care (2009)


Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS): Position statement on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors in pregnancy – Infant and childhood outcomes (2021)

Choosing Wisely Canada: Don't routinely continue benzodiazepines initiated during an acute care hospital admission without a careful review and plan of tapering and discontinuing, ideally prior to hospital discharge (2021)

Choosing Wisely Canada: Don't prescribe or dispense benzodiazepines without building a discontinuation strategy into the patient's treatment plan (except for patients who have a valid indication for long-term use) (2020)

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada (ADAC): Canadian clinical practice guidelines for the management of anxiety, posttraumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders (2014)

Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT): Task force recommendations for the management of patients with mood disorders and comorbid anxiety disorders (2012)

United States

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN): Position statement on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (2022)

Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI): Recommendation on screening for anxiety in adolescent and adult women (2020)

US Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD): Clinical practice guideline for the management of posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder (2017)

American Psychiatric Association (APA): Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with panic disorder, 2nd edition (2009)

APA: Treating panic disorder – A quick reference guide (2009)

United Kingdom

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): Medical technologies guidance on Alpha-Stim AID for anxiety disorders (2021)

NICE: Clinical guideline on generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder in adults – Management (2011, updated 2020)

NICE: Guideline on post-traumatic stress disorder (2018)

British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP): Guidelines for evidence-based pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (2005, revised 2014)

NICE: Quality standard on anxiety disorders (2014)

NICE: Clinical guideline on social anxiety disorder – Recognition, assessment and treatment (2013)


Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS): Clinical practice guidelines for cognitive-behavioral therapies in anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (2020)

IPS: Clinical practice guidelines for geriatric anxiety disorders (2018)

IPS: Clinical practice guidelines for the management of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder (PD) (2017)

Australia-New Zealand

New Australian clinical practice guidelines for diagnosing and managing work-related mental health conditions in general practice (2019)

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP): Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder (2018)


[In Japanese] Japanese Society of Anxiety and Related Disorders (JSARD)/Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology (JSNP): Clinical practice guidelines for social anxiety disorder (2021)

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