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About this information

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 social anxiety disorder that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 159.

All of the treatment and care that NICE recommends is in line with the NHS Constitution ( NICE has also produced advice on improving the experience of care for adults using NHS mental health services. For more information see 'About care in the NHS' on our website (

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are:

  • a child (of school age), young person or adult who has or may have social anxiety disorder

  • the parent or carer of a person with social anxiety disorder.

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