Social anxiety disorder: recognition, assessment and treatment : guidance (CG159)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE
Publication date:
22 May 2013


This guideline covers recognising, assessing and treating social anxiety disorder (also known as ‘social phobia’) in children and young people (from school age to 17 years) and adults (aged 18 years and older). It aims to improve symptoms, educational, occupational and social functioning, and quality of life in people with social anxiety disorder.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

 Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services
  • Commissioners and providers
  • People who work in educational and other settings where healthcare or related interventions may be delivered
  • Children, young people and adults with social anxiety disorder
  • Families and carers of children, young people and adults with social anxiety disorder

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked this guideline in June 2017. We found no new evidence that affects the recommendations in this guideline.

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline updates and replaces the section of NICE technology appraisal guidance 97 (February 2006) that deals with phobia.