Which factors are considered prior to treatment selection for anxiety disorders?

Updated: Mar 27, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Deciding which treatment or combination of treatments to prescribe depends on a careful interview and assessment of the patient's goals and level of pathology. The outcome of treatment is determined by several factors, including the following:

  • Specific type of anxiety disorder

  • Severity of diagnosis

  • level of functioning prior to onset of symptoms

  • Degree of motivation for treatment

  • Level of support (eg, family, friends, work, school)

  • Ability to comply with medication and/or psychotherapeutic regimen


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