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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Social Anxiety Disorder: The NICE Guideline on Recognition, Assessment and Treatment

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH)

Price: £40.00

College members' price: £36.00

Published: Dec 2013

Format: Paperback + free CD-ROM

Number of pages: 320

ISBN: 9781909726031

Social Anxiety Disorder: The NICE Guideline on Recognition, Assessment and Treatment

Social anxiety disorder is very common and often coexists with other mental health problems. It can be severely detrimental to quality of life, with far-reaching consequences for education, employment and relationships. Only a minority of people with social anxiety disorder receive help, but this guideline demonstrates that effective treatments exist and it aims to increase identification and assessment so that people can access interventions to help them overcome this disabling condition.

The guideline reviews the evidence for the management of social anxiety disorder across the care pathway in adults, children and young people.  It reviews evidence for identification and assessment, and compares the effects of pharmacological and psychological interventions. Interventions for adults are compared using a network meta-analysis. The guideline also contains a chapter on improving access to services and the experience of care for people with social anxiety disorder.

The guideline contains all the evidence on which the recommendations were based and further data on a CD-ROM, including:

  • Results of the network meta-analysis.
  • Characteristics of included studies.
  • GRADE profile tables that summarise the quality of the evidence and the results of the evidence synthesis.
  • Meta-analytical data presented as forest plots.
  • Economic evidence and results.
  • Detailed information about how to use and interpret forest plots.


Healthcare professionals working in primary care and mental health services.


  • Now the only place to obtain this NICE guideline in print.

List of the other NICE mental health guidelines

NICE Mental Health Guidelines

These guidelines from NICE set out clear recommendations, based on the best available evidence, for health care professionals on how to work with and implement physical, psychological and service-level interventions for people with various mental health conditions.

The book contains the full guidelines that cannot be obtained in print anywhere else. It brings together all of the evidence that led to the recommendations made, detailed explanations of the methodology behind their preparation, plus an overview of the condition covering detection, diagnosis and assessment, and the full range of treatment and care approaches.


  1. Preface
  2. Social anxiety disorder
  3. Methods used to develop this guideline
  4. Improving access to services and the experience of care
  5. Case identification and assessment
  6. Interventions for adults
  7. Interventions for children and young people
  8. Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) for specific phobias in adults
  9. Summary of recommendations
  10. Appendices
  11. References
  12. Abbreviations
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