This guidance updates and replaces NICE technology appraisal 51 (published in October 2002).

Recommendations 1.1 and 1.2 have been updated and replaced by NICE guideline CG90 and NICE guidline CG91 (both published in October 2009).

Recommendation 1.3 has also been updated and replaced NICE guideline CG113 (published in January 2011) and by NICE guideline CG159 (published in May 2013).

For the management of panic, please see NICE guideline CG113 (published in January 2011).

For the management of specific phobias and chapter 6 for the management of social anxiety(previously known as ‘social phobia’) please see NICE guideline CG159 (published in May 2013).  

No recommendation about the use of computerised CBT has been made in the social anxiety disorder guideline.

  • Recommendations 1.4 and 1.5 about treating obsessive-compulsive disorder have not changed.
  • Additional funding information for this guidance can be found on the Department of Health website.