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by Dr Zia Nadeem and Dr Allan Scott
Last updated: November 2016
Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric
disorders. Despite their high prevalence rates however, they are
often under-recognised and undertreated.
One major controversy surrounding the topic is whether anxiety
disorders and depressive disorders can be reliably distinguished,
or if they lie on a single continuum of affective disorders.
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It is very important that anxiety disorders
are clearly diagnosed and appropriately treated in accordance with
the latest, critically appraised evidence for management that is
This module concerns the practical
pharmacotherapy of the primary anxiety disorders of generalised
anxiety, panic and generalised social phobia. The focus will be on
the efficacy, and, to a lesser extent effectiveness of treatment.
(Evidence about the cost effectiveness of drug treatment, in
particular comparison with non-drug treatments, is only now
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