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NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about treating generalised anxiety disorder (sometimes shortened to GAD) and panic disorder in adults that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 113.

This is an update of advice on the care of people with GAD or panic disorder that NICE produced in 2004 and amended in 2007. The advice on the treatment of GAD has been updated. The advice on the treatment of panic disorder has not been updated.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are:

  • an adult (aged 18 and over) with GAD or panic disorder

  • a family member or carer of an adult with GAD or panic disorder.

No, if you have other mental health problems such as depression (see, bipolar disorder (see, obsessive-compulsive disorder (see or post-traumatic stress disorder (see

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