Anxiolytic Drugs

Deidre M. Edwards, Kathryn L. Hale, Rachel E. Maddux, Mark Hyman Rapaport, Steven P. Roose

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This chapter provides a brief history of the evolution of medications used to treat anxiety and anxiety disorders, as described in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). We also summarize the efficacy and adverse effects data from clinical trials for these medications. Medication classes reviewed include antidepressants, benzodiazepines, beta-blockers, anticonvulsants, and antipsychotics. Treatment outcomes and clinical implications are reviewed for each of the individual medication classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9780470065716
StatePublished - Aug 8 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Anxiolytic drugs
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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