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Management of Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care

Anxiety is a very common complaint in primary care practices. While anxiety is normal and can be motivating, it becomes a disorder when it is excessive and out of proportion to a situation and interferes with other areas of healthy function. Dr. Brackett describes the different anxiety disorders, such as social, generalized, panic, PTSD, agoraphobia and OCD. He describes a treatment plan that includes lifestyle interventions and non-pharmacologic options such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and discusses the efficacy of herbals, OTCs and marijuana. He reviews potential harms, benefits and a plan for prescribing common first and second line medications, emphasizing the need for close monitoring for evidence of improvement.

Activity Details

Start Date: October 18, 2018
End Date: October 18, 2020
Link: View Presentation
  • Charles Brackett, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine


There is no fee for this activity, but to receive credit you must register online and complete the online Attestation and Evaluation form (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome

Participants will be better able to detect and diagnose anxiety disorders, discuss new options for non-pharmacologic treatment, and optimize the pharmacologic management of anxiety.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit for this Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).
Speaker Disclosure

In accordance with the disclosure policy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education and the Nursing Continuing Education Council standards set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation, continuing medical education and nursing education activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have been asked to disclose any financial relationship* they have to a commercial interest (any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients). Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given activity.

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for Management of Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care have reported NO financial interest or relationship* which could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions regarding accreditation of the activity:

Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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