Psychiatrists in Australia were asked to recommend treatments for
several anxiety and somatoform disorders. In previous surveys they had
agreed about the preferred treatments for schizophrenia and major affective
disorder but not about treatments for "neurotic depression" or agoraphobia.
In the present survey, no treatment was regarded as critical by a majority
of psychiatrists for any of the five anxiety and somatoform disorders
studied. The authors conclude that because neurotic disorders form an
important part of the workload of psychiatrists, consensus procedures
should be used to develop guidelines for treatment until the research
literature can provide more adequate guidance.