New guidelines aim to increase recognition and treatment of anxiety disordersBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3311 (Published 26 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3311
- Jacqui Wise
New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) urges GPs to be alert to possible anxiety disorders, particularly in people with a history of the condition or who have had a recent traumatic event.
The new guideline, Common mental health disorders: identification and pathways to care, says recognition of anxiety disorders is particularly poor in primary care and only a minority of people with anxiety disorders receive treatment.
Common mental health disorders such as depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder can affect up to 15% of the population at any time.
Launching the guidance, Steve Pilling, director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, said: “Only one in 10 people with anxiety disorder are picked up in primary care …