Guidelines for the management of social phobia/social anxiety disorder

David Nutt, David Baldwin, George Beaumont, Caroline Bell, Clive Denny, Martin Knapp, Richard Maxwell, Fiona McNicholas, Adrian Wells

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    The reported lifetime prevalence of social phobia (social anxiety) is between 2 and 5% in adults and the condition is generally under-recognized by wider society. As social phobia often has its origins in childhood, prompt recognition and treatment of social phobia (in children and adults) will help to prevent potentially debilitating comorbid conditions, and associated costs, that arise when the condition remains unrecognized and untreated over a long period. However, by its very nature, affected individuals may be unwilling to undergo the social exposure of presenting to their general practitioner or, if they do so, it may be for a different reason. These guidelines were produced following a round-table meeting of a panel of nine experts, and highlight clinical aspects of social phobia from a UK perspective.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-155
    Number of pages8
    JournalPrimary Care Psychiatry
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


    • Consensus
    • Guidelines
    • Primary care
    • Social anxiety disorder
    • Social phobia
    • Treatment management


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