Evidence-based treatment of anxiety

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

It may take up to 12 weeks to achieve full response to antidepressant medication, but if there is no response at all after 4 weeks it is unlikely that particular medication will start to work with a longer duration of treatment.

Panic disorder

It may take up to 12 weeks for medication to fully take effect. When discontinuing medication after long-term treatment a lengthy gradual taper is recommended (over at least a 3 month period).

Social Anxiety Disorder

It may take up to 12 weeks for medication to fully take effect.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

1st line: SSRI (may need a high dose)

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