Anxiety disorders: Guidelines for effective primary care therapy

Thomas N. Wise

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Millions of Americans have anxiety disorders. Many with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and/or generalized anxiety disorder present initially to their primary care clinician. Effective treatment is possible in a busy primary care setting; therapy involves patient education and pharmacotherapy. Once other potential causes of symptoms of an anxiety disorder have been ruled out, the patient can be reassured that he or she has a psychological condition-a very common one-and that symptoms are not the result of an undiagnosed disease or "going crazy" or "losing control." Complete clinical remission is achievable, often with medication alone. Referral to a psychiatrist for psychotherapy may be indicated when a patient refuses or cannot tolerate drug therapy or when response to therapy is inadequate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalDrug Benefit Trends
Issue numberSUPPL. A
StatePublished - May 1 2004


  • Antidepressants
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiolytics
  • Depression
  • Psychotherapy
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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